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!

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

Bonus

Friday, October 25

10:00 am - 8:00 pm Registration

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

7:30 am - 6:00 pm Registration

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

7:30 am - 12:00pm Registration

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

Building Inclusion at the Intersection of Racial/Ethnic and LGBTQ+ Identities

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 AM-10:15 AM
Basie Ballroom, Kansas City Marriott Downtown

In 2018, when the city of Philadelphia introduced a version of the Pride flag with brown and black stripes to represent people of color in the LGBTQ+ community, it was met with both massive praise for raising a critical issue as well as deep criticism for symbolism without action. And so the discussion about how people of color in the LGBTQ+ community can be more welcome, seen, supported, and elevated goes on. In a time when “intersectionality” is a term now in mainstream discussion, what does it mean to bring people of color and the LGBTQ+ community together to identify similarities, understand differences, and build spaces that welcome all? What do people need to know to effectively do this work? What’s working at building inclusion, and what are people missing? Importantly, how do these efforts and challenges look for young LGBTQ+ people of color? In this conversation, advocates will discuss their experiences, what they’ve learned, and how you can be part of building inclusion for all at the local level and throughout PFLAG.

Join us on Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 AM, for a panel presentation moderated by MoveOn.org Chief Public Affairs Officer, Karine Jean-Pierre who will be joined by will be joined by Mateo De La Torre who serves as the Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Representative Malcolm Kenyatta who represents the 181st District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and Khudai Tanveer who serves as the Membership Organizer at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) and is currently a student at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Moderator:

Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-Pierre
Chief Public Affairs Officer
MoveOn.org

Karine Jean-Pierre's professional experience has ranged widely from presidential campaigns to grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House. Jean-Pierre is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. Jean-Pierre previously served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O’Malley for President. Prior to joining the O'Malley Campaign. In 2014 she was the Campaign Manager for ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Initiate (RFI). Previously, she managed Tish James’ successful campaign for New York City Public Advocate. In 2011, Jean-Pierre served as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, managing the President's political engagement in key states while leading the delegate selection and ballot access process. Before joining the re-election campaign, Jean-Pierre served as the Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she worked on the Obama for America campaign in 2008 as the Southeast Regional Political Director; she served the John Edwards for President Campaign in the same capacity. Jean-Pierre's interests demonstrate her concern for integrity and the human condition. In graduate school, she explored her Haitian roots through documentary film. Later, she worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics and pushed major companies like Wal-Mart to change their business practices. While working in New York, Jean-Pierre served as Press Secretary to Congressmen Anthony Weiner, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative and Budget Affairs for two City Council Members respectively in the New York City Council. She joined the Columbia University faculty in 2014 where she teaches a course at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She received her MPA from Columbia University's SIPA in 2003. Jean-Pierre's first book, Moving Forward is scheduled to be released, November 2019.

Panelists:

Mateo De La TorreMateo De La Torre
Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate
National Center for Transgender Equality.

Mateo De La Torre is a transgender Latino from Tijuana, Mexico. As the Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) he helps shape the organization’s advocacy and policy work for transgender people of color and those with low or no-income. He handles issues related to sex work, immigration and the criminal justice system. Mateo's background is in community organizing, and previous to his work at NCTE he headed Latinx and AAPI outreach for the Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Malcolm KenyattaMalcolm Kenyatta
State Representative, PA - 181
Pennsylvania General Assembly

Malcolm Kenyatta was elected to serve as state representative for the 181st Legislative District, Philadelphia County, on November 6, 2018. He is a product of Philadelphia public schools and a 2012 graduate of Temple University. His legislative priorities include raising wages to overcome systemic poverty, improving the educational system across the Commonwealth and improving access to quality healthcare for families. As the first openly LGBT person of color elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society. Rep. Kenyatta believes that maintaining a healthy democracy requires the involvement of every citizen. Rep. Kenyatta, 28, is a third-generation North Philadelphian and was born to the late Kelly and Malcolm J. Kenyatta. He was raised alongside three siblings, and is the grandson of Muhammad Kenyatta, a noted civil rights leader, minister, Harvard graduate and political candidate. Rep. Kenyatta got his start in community activism when he ran for junior block captain at age 11. Since then, he has dutifully served as a member of numerous nonprofit and political organizations including Liberty City Democratic Club, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, the Philadelphia Chapter of National Organization for Women’s Education Fund, and Equality PA. He led the Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and worked in Graduate Medical Education at Hahnemann Hospital and food service for a number of years. In 2016, he was elected as Delegate to the Democratic Convention (PA 2nd), garnering the second highest vote total of any delegate in the Commonwealth. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets to discuss systemic poverty, affordable education and childcare, and how to make government more accountable to citizens.

Khudai TanveerKhudai Tanveer
Membership Organizer
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Khudai Tanveer is the Membership Organizer at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Their relationship with NQAPIA started as a mesmerized Creating Change API Institute attendant in 2015 and 2016, continued as an internship during the summer of 2017, leading to the position of organizing fellow currently. Currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University as an undergrad studying Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies as well as Political Science w/ a minor in Global Education, they hope to continue building collective power through Non-Profit work after graduation. On campus, Khudai can be found having revived a local chapter of the Queer and/or Trans People of Color Collective and serving as a Diversity Ambassador on campus for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Additionally, they are also a part of the inaugural Steering Committee of The Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive auditory and visual tunnel that aims to teach its attendants about oppression on campus in everyday life by walking them through simulations of those experiences. They shape their work on campus to try to help make the lives of marginalized students at their university better. Previously having attended the Summer Activist Training, NQAPIA’s Direct Action Training, East Coast Solidarity Summer, and having helped facilitate People over Pride Youth Camp (POP!) with NQAPIA, they feel strongly about youth work, learning from those who came before us, and building a healthy/sustainable community for years to come with those that command the future with the lessons of those who came before us. Their personal passions revolve around building accountability and restorative justice for our community and feel excited about doing that with NQAPIA. Their genuine hope is to grow and build with/for the API queer community. 

Supporting Youth Through Community Partnerships

Saturday, October 26, 2019
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Basie Ballroom, Kansas City Marriott Downtown

The needs of LGBTQ+ youth are vast and diverse depending on demographics. For some youth, the basic elements of survival -- like shelter and food -- are paramount. For others, connections to community and mentors are needed to ensure that they grow up supported and resilient. And with changes in social mores and laws, understanding and meeting the needs of youth can be complicated. Many organizations outside of the LGBTQ+ movement have stepped up to this challenge and developed programs to serve these needs, leveraging their existing community networks. Find out how groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the YMCA, and others are building life-affirming programs and how your chapters can connect with these efforts.

Join us to hear from three game-changing women who are working within their organizations to build programs, services, and partnerships to support LGBTQ+ youth. Moderated by Mountain West Regional Director Blanca Leos, this lunchtime plenary will help convention attendees learn more about how organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and YMCA of the USA are building life-affirming programs for LGBTQ+ youth--and how local PFLAG chapters can connect with these efforts. 

Moderator:

Blanca LeosBlanca Leos
PFLAG Regional Directors Council, Mountain West

Blanca's involvement with PFLAG started when her son came out. She initially wanted to get educated about the LGBTQ+ community and learn how to break the stigma of raising a Catholic, Latino, gay son. As a single Latina mom, her work with PFLAG and experience raising her child helped her learn how to educate people on their preconceived notions about LGBTQ+ people. Her passion for the Latino community has inspired her to become the best ally she can be, and the struggles she and her son encountered over the years provided great educational opportunities among their family, friends, and other allies, all while raising awareness. Shortly after Blanca's initial involvement with PFLAG Denver, she became the president of the chapter. Since then, she has used outside-of-the-box-thinking to grow the chapter: Adding satellite meetings, developing new ways to raise money, and creatively increasing the chapter's visibility in the LGBTQ+ and wider community. Now as a Regional Director, she hopes to take her leadership skills to the next level working together with chapters, helping them grow and continue to carry the mission forward at a broader level. 

Panelists:

Hillary BardwellHillary Bardwell
Director, Foundation Grants
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Hillary has significant experience in student mentoring and community partnerships. As Director, Foundation Grants at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, she spearheads several LGBTQ youth mentoring grant projects, hosts LGBTQQ sensitivity training webinars, and organizes initiatives including a highly active Community of Practice forum for discussion, resources and peer sharing. Previously, Hillary launched career workshops for public policy students; mentoring programs for special populations including LGBTQ, international, and high-achiever minority students at Rutgers University. She championed a first-time in college student/alumni mentoring program at the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University; designed and taught programming for Rutgers’ first-year students in transition to college; and created college preparatory presentations in partnership with several school districts in southwest Florida, which included a mentoring program component for middle and high school students while at the University of South Florida. Her programs have served as models for peer institutions. She has been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, NJ for over 9 years. Hillary holds a graduate degree in adult education and human resource development.

Julia BennettJulia Bennett
Director, Learning Strategy, Education
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Julia Bennett, MPH, is the Director of Learning Strategy on the Education team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has a wealth of experience developing evidence-informed, health-literate, equity driven, and engaging digital education tools for young people and those who care about them. She oversees written, graphic, and video content for PlannedParenthood.org, digital products, and sexual health communications and media. Her background is in youth development and sex education, holds a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University, and has been at Planned Parenthood for seven years.

Jamie UmanzorJamie Umanzor
Manager, LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity Diversity & Inclusion
YMCA of the USA

Jamie Umanzor is originally from Los Angeles, CA. Her Y career began in 2006 with the Honolulu Y as an adolescent substance abuse treatment counselor in underserved communities. Eventually, Jamie’s role expanded to include branch operations, social equity efforts, and volunteer & community development, which included co-founding and chairing their first LGBTQ ERG.  May 2018, Jamie joined YMCA of the USA as Manager of LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity, providing strategic and technical leadership to Y-USA’s LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity portfolio and supporting the engagement of other underserved communities. Jamie holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology (University of San Francisco), a Master’s in Public Administration (Capella University), and a passion for indigenous spirituality, natural healing, and advancing inclusion and equity for all. As a proud queer woman of color and daughter of immigrants, Jamie is honored to be the Y Movement’s first national manager dedicated to LGBTQ inclusion & equity.

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.

Convention attendees 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 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 host 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 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

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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PFLAG National Video Story Center Sponsored by Verizon

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PFLAG National Digital Lounge Sponsored by Facebook

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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

Sign up for the exhibit hall is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Smith at bsmith@pflag.org.

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.