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 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

Bonus

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

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

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

1:45 - 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

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.

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 informaiton 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

Presenting Partner

Macys logo

Friend Partner

ACX logo

PFLAG Gives Back Partners

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. This year, we are looking for the best and the brightest. We simply cannot wait to elevate chapters doing outstanding work to advance PFLAG’s mission and to showcase effective grassroots programs.

Our nomination review committee is hard at work and we'll announce our 2019 Chapter Award winners soon. In the meantime, we're proud to announce this year's 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 Greater Boston (MA) for their dedication and hard work on the “Yes on 3” campaign, founding role in the Freedom for All Massachusetts, and efforts to ban conversion therapy.

PFLAG Denver (CO) for creating Spanish-speaking and online support groups, state-wide scholarship program, and far-reaching speakers’ bureau.

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 Las Cruces (NM) for establishing The Rainbow Refugee Project, in partnership with other community groups, to provide assistance and housing to LGBTQ asylum seekers.

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 Barabra (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 Military.

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

In October 2019, PFLAG leaders, members, and supporters from communities across the United States will gather in Kansas City for We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention. We Are the Change will feature up to 50 workshops, roundtable discussions, and plenaries from leaders in the LGBTQ+ community who will provide their unique insight, expertise, and training. We’re still working to confirm workshops, craft our schedule across five workshop blocks, and finalize room assignments. As of Monday, July 1 selected workshops include:

A Window Between Worlds: Art Transforming Trauma

Affirming the Straight Spouse Experience

Catalyzing Faith Communities: Have An Interfaith Pride Celebration

Collaboration with Local and National Partners: A Case Study

Crafting A New Normal: Creating Effective Community Conversations about Intersectionality

Critical Mass: Growing Your PFLAG Group

Difficult Conversations: Tackling the Hot Topics Without Getting Heated

Eliminating Shame Through Building Affirmation

Ex-Gay ... Still Gay? Understanding Conversion Therapy and Proposed Legislation

F.A.I.T.H*- Finding Answers In The HEALING

Helping LGBTQ Communities Build Local Capacity to Address Conflicts

How Effective Strategic Planning Leads to Innovative Community Programming

How to Organize a Local Gender Family Conference

How to Stop Arguing About Religion But Make Your Point

Leadership Skills to Facilitate an Effective and Vibrant Support Meeting

Let’s Talk About Sex

LGBTQ Sex Ed: Health, Rights, and Pleasure

Pflag Canada: Lessons from North of the Border

Providing Successful Training for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Publishing an Engaging PFLAG Community Newsletter

Strengths-Based Collaboration with LGBTQ+ Young People of Color

Supporting the Underserved: Shining a Light on Underserved LGBTQ Communities

The Parent Journey: Raising Queer Kiddos in a Straight World

The Role of Parents in Protecting Youth From Conversion Therapy

Understanding the Community You Serve to be an Effective Ally

Welcoming Schools: Creating LGBTQ and Gender Inclusive Schools

What Keeps Me Up Nights: Parents of Gender Expansive Kids

What You Don't Know About Your Child's Identity

What's G*d Got To Do With It? A Conversation

Where We Call Home: Advocating for LGBTQ Peoplein Rural Communities

Why or When Should a Chapter Consider a Satellite Group?

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