An estimated 500 PFLAG leaders, members, and supporters from communities across the United States will gather in Kansas City for PFLAG’s bi-annual national convention. Attendees will network, share best practices, and learn strategies to fulfill PFLAG's mission of LGBTQ+ support, education, and advocacy. This event has a significant influence on the work being done across the country by PFLAG members, volunteers who are consistently and passionately raising their PFLAG voices to share their stories at the community, city, state, and federal levels.

We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention will feature up to 50 workshops, roundtable discussions, and plenaries where leaders in the LGBTQ+ community provide insight, expertise, and training for advocates, organizers, and professionals in all fields. While attending the convention, participants will:

  • Make valuable connections with experts and thought-leaders in the LGBTQ+ community
  • Learn how to be an effective leader of a local PFLAG chapter
  • Be equipped with the knowledge and tools to be better allies in their community

Our official convention shirts are ready for order! Choose from a vintage-inspired design based on the one worn in the late 1980s by former PFLAG National board president and longtime PFLAG activist Paulette Goodman, or a Kansas City-themed design featuring the Kansas City official seal. Both designs leave room for you to personalize your look with your chapter name, a favorite PFLAG slogan, or to tell the world, "Equality Starts With Me!" The only limits are about 25-30 characters and your imagination! Visit pflagnation.al/watc19tee, choose your favorite t-shirt, tank top, or hoodie, and start creating! 

Our regular rates--$235 for members, $320 for non-members--are in effect right now. Get registered and take advantage. PFLAGers are the change in communities across the country. Now, like never before, we must build on our shared knowledge and needs, our shared challenges and triumphs.

We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention will provide major opportunities for networking, while offering workshops, panel discussions, and nationally renowned speakers to be motivated by and learn from. You’ll also enjoy our annual PFLAG National Awards ceremony during which we will honor those who are making a difference and from whose efforts we can learn--and mirror--in the coming year. In between sessions, you’ll have free time to enjoy all that Kansas City has to offer, whether you’re a foodie, a BBQ aficionado, a craft beer lover, a history buff, an art lover, or all of the above!

An incredible bargain for two days of learning new skills, building relationships, and gathering crucial information and resources that will support your efforts to be the change in your own community.

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After August 1, 2019 Convention registrations are nonrefundable and will be donated to the convention scholarship fund. Before August 1, 2019 50% of the registration fee can be refunded and the balance will be donated to the convention scholarship fund. If you need to cancel your registration please contact Jamie Curtis jcurtis@pflag.org as soon as possible.

Our longtime partners, Marriott International, are once again setting the stage for a fantastic national convention, with a beautiful location, and a rate -- $163 / night -- that can't be beat!

Rates are available until September 2019 or until our room block sells out. 


Kansas City Marriott Downtown
welcomes you to Missouri with modern style, excellent service and a fantastic location. Our hotel is ideally situated just a short walk from the exciting Power & Light District - Kansas City's premier destination for entertainment and nightlife. Make yourself at home in your spacious, gorgeously renovated room or suite, which features floor-to-ceiling windows, pillowtop bedding, an ergonomic workspace and high-speed internet access. Elsewhere at the hotel, you can have a great meal at one of our on-site restaurants, which offer contemporary American cuisine and superb cocktails. Additional perks for your downtown visit include an indoor lap pool and a fully equipped fitness center. In addition to being near the Power & Light District, our hotel is moments away from Sprint Center, Arrowhead Stadium and more. Plan your getaway at Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Once a trading post for pioneers heading to the Western United States, today Kansas City is a burgeoning metropolis with activities and attractions for visitors of all ages and interests.

Arts and Culture

Historic Sites

Shopping

Jazz

BBQ

Restaurants

Coffee

Cocktails, Wine, Beer

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PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE: Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and some times may change.

Friday, October 25

2:00 - 4:00 pm PFLAG Gives Back

2:00 - 4:00 pm PFLAG National Digital Lounge Presented by Facebook

4:30 - 5:15 pm Welcome Reception

5:15 - 6:15 pm PFLAG National Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 26

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 am PFLAG National Digital Lounge Presented by Facebook

9:00 – 10:15 am Opening Ceremony & Plenary One

10:15 – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop Session One

12:00 – 1:30 pm Luncheon & Plenary Two

1:30 – 1:45 pm Break

1:30 - 6:00 pm PFLAG National Digital Lounge Presented by Facebook

1:45 - 3:15 pm Workshop Session Two

3:15 – 3:30  pm Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm Workshop Session Three

5:00 – 5:10 pm Break

5:10 – 6:00 pm Regional Meetings

Sunday, October 27

7:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

7:00 - 12:00 pm PFLAG National Digital Lounge Presented by Facebook

8:00 – 9:30 am Workshop Session Four

9:30 – 9:45 am Break

9:45 – 11:15 am Workshop Session Five

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Break

12:00 – 2:30 pm Awards Luncheon

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE: Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and some times may change.

PFLAG members and equality advocates from across the country will join together for We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention in Kansas City, MO to honor and build on our legacy at our biannual national convention. With 50 workshops, roundtable discussions, and plenaries where leaders in the LGBTQ+ community provide insight, expertise, and training attendees will learn new skills, build relationships, and shape the future of the movement for LGBTQ+ equality.

The full schedule of workshops, including workshop descriptions and presenter information, is now available!

Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Read descriptions of all of the workshops during this block or check out the workshop descriptions and presenter bios that you're most interested from the list below.

Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM–3:15 PM

Read descriptions of all of the workshops during this block or check out the workshop descriptions and presenter bios that you're most interested from the list below.

Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM–5:00 PM

Read descriptions of all of the workshops during this block or check out the workshop descriptions and presenter bios that you're most interested from the list below.

Regional Meetings – Saturday, October 26 - 5:10–6:00 pm

Learn more about all of our regional meetings, facilitated by members of the PFLAG National Regional Directors Council, or check out your region from the list below.

Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM–9:30 AM

Read descriptions of all of the workshops during this block or check out the workshop descriptions and presenter bios that you're most interested from the list below.

Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM–11:15 AM

Read descriptions of all of the workshops during this block or check out the workshop descriptions and presenter bios that you're most interested from the list below.

Please note:

This information, including the full schedule, workshop descriptions and presenter bios, will be available for all convention attendees through the PFLAG National Convention app and in the program book that they receive on-site. Help PFLAG save natural resources and please consider the environment before printing. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Henkel at jhenkel@pflag.org.

We Are The Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention provides us the opportunity to honor and celebrate PFLAG chapters and the life-saving work they do in communities nationwide. Please join us in giving a (virtual) round of applause to our 2019 award winners and all of phenomenal nominees.

2019 PFLAG National Chapter Award Winners

PFLAG Denver (CO)

PFLAG Denver has created a support and outreach program that will likely be a model for chapters nationwide for years to come. They not only offer in-person support groups for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families, but also online support groups for Spanish speakers. Their online support efforts have expanded their reach throughout the state and region. Additionally, PFLAG Denver has cultivated a strong online and social media presence to complement their printed newsletter. This work has helped to make their support, education, and advocacy efforts accessible to more individuals and families in need of help and encouragement. And if that weren’t enough, they have also provided scholarships to young people who show great promise and dedication to the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado.

PFLAG Greater Boston (MA)

With 14 support groups that meet in the Greater Boston area, including four that are specific to the needs of trans and non-binary individuals and their families, a 24-hour hotline, and one-on-one support offerings, PFLAG Greater Boston is proud of their reach throughout the state. Their safe schools program, which provided education and training to more than 5,000 individuals in 2019 demonstrates their dedication to community education. But it is their advocacy work that truly shines. As founding members of Freedom for All Massachusetts they successfully campaigned on 2018’s Yes on 3 vote and lobbied to pass a conversion therapy ban in 2019. And they didn’t stop there: PFLAG Greater Boston members are now working tirelessly to ensure there is a gender neutral identity marker available on state-issued IDs.

PFLAG Las Cruces (NM)

Over the last 12 months Las Cruces, NM has seen an influx of asylum seekers which has overwhelmed the systems in place to care for individuals and families in need. Often, LGBTQ+ asylum seekers have been thrown out by family, experienced discrimination, and lived through violent attacks before crossing the US border.  In the face of that reality, PFLAG Las Cruces established The Rainbow Refugee Project. They partner with other community groups, to provide housing, food, financial assistance, and more to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Since the program launched in 2018, with support from the local board and chapter membership, PFLAG Las Cruces has provided support to eight LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. They have used this effort to build coalition, connect with local churches, and grow their relationships throughout the region.  

2019 PFLAG National Chapter Award Nominees

PFLAG Austin (TX) for their tireless support, education, and advocacy efforts for transgender individuals and their family, friends, and allies.

PFLAG Blairsville (GA) for creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for members and attendees in a conservative, rural town in the Deep South.

PFLAG Carson City (NV) for their advocacy and lobbying efforts focused on creating safer schools, eliminating the “gay panic” defense, and protecting LGBTQ+ elders from discrimination. 

PFLAG Charlotte (NC) for their Healthcare Outreach Initiative which has reached the two largest hospital systems in Mecklenburg County, school nurses, and medical school students.

PFLAG Chestertown (MD) for their year-long effort, that required a Town Council vote, to establish Mid-Shore Pride in May 2019 which featured varied events for community members to attend.  

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County (MD) for their unparalleled advocacy work at the local and state level and helping to bring Pride festivities to Howard County for the first time in 2019.

PFLAG Crown Point (IN) for their energy and dedication as a newly-formed chapter that has led to community partnerships, hosting educational events, and creating safe space for those in need.

PFLAG DuPage (IL) for their outreach at community events, in schools, and with local businesses to support LGBTQ folks and their families.

PFLAG Greensburg (PA) for their community outreach and networking efforts that has led to partnerships with local businesses, behavioral and mental health organizations, the YWCA, and more.

PFLAG Hinsdale (IL) for their Mother’s Day program that offers LGBTQ+ folks in need of family support with free hugs from moms and dads.

PFLAG Ithaca (NY) for their participation as “stand-in parents” at the Rainbow Reception for LGBTQ+ graduates of Ithaca College since its inception in 2002.

PFLAG Jersey Shore (NJ) for their participation in events such as the NJ GSA Forum, new partnerships with organizations such as Ocean Partnership for Children, and the reach of their speakers’ bureau.

PFLAG Johns Creek (GA) for listening to community needs, training volunteers and support group facilitators, and creating support spaces for those that need them.

PFLAG Long Beach (CA) for the amazing peer support and community that they create for LGBTQ+ folks and their families as well as their scholarship program.

PFLAG McHenry (IL) for the ongoing dedication of their leader who has grown the chapter from four founding members to a trusted resource in Northern Illinois.

PFLAG Media (PA) for the dedicated leadership of the chapter’s founders and the continued reach of their confidential monthly support group.

PFLAG Nashville (TN) for their dedication to supporting all parts of the community including university students, Nashville Black Pride, and the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

PFLAG Oklahoma City (OK) for their recommitment to communicating with members, raising funds to meet community needs, and expanding their reach in the metropolitan region.

PFLAG San Diego County (CA) for changing with the times by establishing satellite support groups, developing partnerships, and becoming a trusted community resource.

PFLAG Santa Barbara (CA) for their involvement in Love Period, an interfaith Pride celebration that kicks off the Pacific Pride festival each year and included 16+ interfaith sponsors in 2018.

PFLAG Seattle (WA) for its long history and continual growth to support families and LGBTQ+ folks in rural communities in the Greater Seattle area.

PFLAG Spartanburg (SC) for establishing the Rainbow Masquerade Ball and their innovative online support efforts that are open to all.

PFLAG Sierra Vista (AZ) for their efforts to support and create visibility for LGBTQ+ folks and their families, who are actively serving (or have served) in the US Armed Forces.

PFLAG Wesley Chapel (FL) for their unprecedented growth at monthly meetings and leadership’s willingness to accommodate those in need of online and one-one-one support.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Henkel at jhenkel@pflag.org

You’re invited!

On Friday, October 25, at 2:00 PM convention attendees will participate in PFLAG Gives Back for an afternoon of service, as we offer our time and talent to help others in need. With support from Subaru and the Walmart Foundation, attendees will complete several DIY projects – including at least one project for folks with limited mobility – at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Royall Hall, Muehlebach Tower to support organizations in and around town.

We’re working to assess community needs after connecting with local nonprofits like Operation Breakthrough, the Kansas City Anti Violence Project, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, and KC Pet Project so be on the lookout for more details about projects and other beneficiaries soon!

We will also be hosting a donation drive as a part of PFLAG Gives Back. If you are unable to join us on Friday afternoon but still want and opportunity to give back to our host city, please consider packing items to donate. We’ll be collecting varied items including non-perishable food, gently used blankets and towels, school and art supplies, diapers and baby wipes, and more. Gift cards for nationally based chains are also a great way to give back if you're worried about space in your suitcase. And for those feeling creative, we’ll have space set up on-site throughout the weekend to create holiday cards and love notes for LGBTQ+ youth accessing services at KC Passages.

If you are attending We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention and would like to join us, all you need to do to sign up is to fill out this form.

If you have any questions please send them directly to jhenkel@pflag.org.

PFLAG Gives Back Beneficiaries:

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) provides dedicated services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults, throughout Missouri and Kansas, who have experienced trauma, violence, harassment or neglect. Through direct advocacy, professional training and community education, we work to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crimes.  

KC Pet Project

KC Pet Project

To end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City, Missouri by using the most progressive and lifesaving programs and promoting effective animal control policies.

Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough

Our vision is all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education.

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City 

Our mission is to save and improve the lives of dogs and cats throughout the Greater Kansas City community by providing preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter services, education and adoptions. In 1994 we became the first no-kill shelter in the KC area, taking in many pets who are sick or injured and need medical care. Our low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care clinic saves and improves the lives of thousands of animals every year. We provide much needed care and services for the animals in our community-- our work is never done.

We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention is a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of PFLAG members and supporters, all of whom are working nationally, in their states, and in their local communities to create change in service of a diverse and equal world. This year we are offering more opportunities than ever to interact with attendees, spark new ideas, and offer invaluable information to our participants.

Nonprofit Partners

As a part of our exhibit space, in a high visibility and foot-traffic area, we are offering a limited number of tables to nonprofit partners on a first-come-first-serve-basis for the low rate of $150.00.

PFLAG Chapters and Workshop Presenters

There will be shared space available at no-cost for PFLAG chapters, PFLAG members, and 2019 workshop presenters to display and distribute resources with convention attendees. This space is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and no merchandise sales are allowed. We will share information on how to sign up and let us know that you’re bringing stuff in the fall.

Corporate Partners

For information about our exhibit space for corporate sponsors, please contact Maggie Ardiente at mardiente@pflag.org or (202) 349-0788.

Notes

PFLAG has limited exhibit space available that is reserved for educational materials and information sharing. We do not allow exhibitors to sell merchandise of any kind, though marketing and pricing information can be shared.

If you have questions about this fantastic opportunity, please contact Brooke Smith at bsmith@pflag.org or (202) 683-6455.

Details about shipping equipment, inventory, and supplies to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown will be provided in the fall.

Engage with a powerful network of 500-plus PFLAG leaders and members who are changing the world. Your company or organization's partnership of We Are the Change demonstrates your commitment to educational opportunities that help increase diversity, inclusion, and equality in communities across the country. Your partnership also provides a great opportunity for visibility among prominent leaders and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.

Partnerships also provide PFLAG the opportunity to offer scholarships for LGBTQ+ advocates and allies to attend the convention, supporting and inspiring the next generation of leaders for equality. Through the complimentary registrations that are part of your partnership benefits, your employees will learn how to better support a workplace environment of inclusion that they can take back to your company. 

For more information about partnership packages, please contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at mardiente@pflag.org or (202) 349-0788.

Thank You to Our 2019 National Convention Partners

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