January 16, 2017

Pat and Kenny O'Neal get their PFLAG parent hug on.Welcome to fans of The Real O'Neals! We're so glad you're watching the show, and so glad you found us here at PFLAG.

Tonight's episode was a real PFLAG story, one we've heard from all kinds of families across the country. A parent learns that their kid is gay--or trans or queer--and they may be incredibly supportive...but that doesn't mean that, even with the best of intentions, a misstep won't be made. In fact, one thing we really loved about this episode (and it's hard to just pick one!) was that Pat's response was less about his acceptance of Kenny being gay and more about his child having his first significant other at all. And what parent can't relate to that?

As for Eileen? Well, we've watched her take a real parent journey, and in tonight's episode, her willingness to be patient and let Kenny come to her was a big step forward.

If you're ready to take a step of your own, whether it's coming out to a loved one, supporting an LGBTQ friend or family member, or even if you're new to the conversation and not sure where to start, we've got the resources for you. Here are just a few:

Find a local PFLAG chapter. At the heart of all of our work over the last four-plus decades is peer-to-peer support. And with more than 400 chapters across the country offering meetings and both online and phone connection, finding one is just a click away.

BE YOURSELF. Our publication for LGBTQ young people, offering a supportive and understanding approach to today's most common questions and concerns  regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 

OUR CHILDREN. Newly updated in Summer 2016, this publication is for families and caregivers of people who are LGBTQ, offering great information on how to help a loved one, and yourself, through the coming-out process and beyond.

guide to being a straight ally. This publication from our Straight for Equality program, offers information about what it means to be a straight ally, as well as some some great tips and tools to be more supportive of your LGBTQ, friends, family, and colleagues.