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Chapter Network Support

PFLAG National's largest program is supporting its network of more than 400 chapters, which crosses the entire U.S. From publications to online learning programs, to advocacy support and media training, these are just a small sample of the many ways in which PFLAG National reinforces the efforts of this massive grassroots movement of passionate volunteers in communities across the country. 

Restarting Meetings in Person: What We've Learned So Far Recording & Training Toolkit

After the last two years of meeting virtually or not at all, many chapters are now starting to meet in person again and finding that things might not be the...

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Be Kind, Not Just Nice: Transforming Your Conversations Recording & Training Toolkit

We all know the phrase "if you're not going to say something nice, then don't say anything at all." But what do we do when others don't follow that rule...

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PFLAG Connects: Communities -- Understanding How to Build Inclusive Spaces Recording & Training Toolkit

Launched in October 2021, PFLAG Connects: Communities (PCC) has quickly become a mainstay of PFLAG National’s work to increase diversity and inclusion efforts. Through the creation of support meetings specifically...

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Creating Confident Leaders: Facilitation Skills for a New Era Training Recording & Toolkit

Looking to boost your facilitation skills? Need some ways to handle sticky situations during support meetings? Look no further than this facilitation training! PFLAG National will provide you with ways...


Checking Under the Hood: Digital Tune-Ups for PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

Out-of-date website? Inconsistent/inactive social media channels? Unsure where to prioritize your energy? With all of the digital opportunities to meet and connect with your community, finding out where to...

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The Equality Act: Taking Action to Advocate for Crucial Legislation Recording & Training Toolkit

The Equality Act is making news again – introduced in February, passed in the House as a bipartisan bill, and now active in the Senate. It is crucial federal legislation...

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Be Kind, Rewind: Recognizing Your Role in Building Inclusion Recording & Training Toolkit

Nonstop social media. Quarantine. Political unrest. Baggage. And so many deadlines. Nearly everyone strives to be a more inclusive, kind leader, but getting it right is rarely easy. We are all...

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Change the World in Two Minutes: How to Share Your Story Recording & Training Toolkit

Everyone’s got a story, but knowing how to shape and tell that story effectively is a skill that separates the talkers from the real change-makers. This highly interactive, 60-minute, session...

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Supporting Trans & Nonbinary Loved Ones: What Would You Do? Recording & Training Toolkit

People who are transgender and nonbinary (and their affirming families) are under attack – in state legislatures, in the media, and in schools. There has never been a greater...

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LGBTQ Sex Ed: Health, Rights, and Pleasure Recording & Training Toolkit

Sex education for LGBTQ youth tends to be very limited, both in formal and informal spaces. This workshop will raise awareness of the importance of providing LGBTQ youth with...

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PFLAG Connects: Facilitation Skills for Virtual Support Group Meetings Recording & Training Toolkit

Well facilitated, in-person, peer support group meetings are central to PFLAG’s work nationwide. In March 2020 – for the first time in nearly 50 years – PFLAG chapters in communities...


How to Stop Arguing About Religion but Make Your Point Recording & Training Toolkit

Religious objections still interfere with the equality of LGBTQ people, and arguments from the Bible, tradition, and religious authorities, are cited by critics to justify discrimination and abuse. We've heard...

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How Effective Strategic Planning Leads to Innovative Community Programming Recording

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn from one chapter’s experience with in-depth strategic planning process and the resulting innovative community programming. Workshop leaders will share the fundamental steps to...

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Chapter Leadership Transitions: Best Practices for Success Recording & Training Toolkit

Leadership turnover is an important component to keeping  PFLAG chapters relevant and fresh, but leadership transitions can be a make or break point for chapters. All chapters should openly discuss...

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PFLAG Gives Back: A New Resource & Guide for PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

PFLAG chapters, leaders, and members have a long tradition of giving back to the communities where they live. Since 2015, the PFLAG Gives Back program – a community service effort...

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PFLAG Votes 2020: Advocacy in 10 Minutes or Less

These 5-10 minute videos are designed to help PFLAG members and leaders stay nonpartisan as they express excitement, maximize involvement ,and operate successfully within the guidelines set forth by the...


Let's Get Social: Social Media the PFLAG Way Recording & Training Toolkit

Social media is a fantastic tool for connecting with PFLAG members and others who need PFLAG's support in your community. However, understanding how to create space for a respectful exchange...

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When Someone Comes Out: A PFLAGers Guide to Demonstrating Support and Acceptance Recording & Training Toolkit

The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that the word—and the actions it entails—are simple. However PFLAGers know that it can still be a harrowing...

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Creating a Scholarship Program: A How-To Guide for PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

Scholarship programs are a great way to attract donors, create visibility for your chapter, and demonstrate your support for LGBTQ+ youth in your community. And over the years, countless PFLAG...

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Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth Recording & Training Toolkit

PFLAG National is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) LGBTQ National Advisory Council, which was launched in 2017 to support capacity building efforts for the LGBTQ youth...

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Fair Housing For All: Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community Recording & Training Toolkit

There are an estimated four million incidents of housing discrimination in rental and sales each year. The majority of those incidents are not reported and an even smaller number result...

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Stopping the Blitz: Coordinated Response to Christian Nationalist State Campaigns Recording & Training Toolkit

Project Blitz is a concerted campaign designed to shape state law using a distorted concept of religious freedom to push back on LGBTQ equality as well as gender and reproductive justice issues....

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Advocacy in an Election Year for PFLAG Leaders: Your Voice Can Change the World Recording & Training Toolkit

The midterms will be here soon. The urgency of the upcoming election is already dominating the headlines and your social media news feed. And while PFLAGers have always been legislative...

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When LGBTQ+ Past and Present Collide! How LGBTQ+ History Can Inform PFLAG Advocacy Work Recording & Training Toolkit

Understanding key facts about LGBTQ+ history and how it shapes the world we’re in today are an essential part of creating change in our communities. PFLAG leaders. members, and...

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So You Think You Can Ally? Advanced Ally Engagement Skills for PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

PFLAG chapters support families, educate their community about the issues their loved ones face, and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality. Allies have become an integral part of that work as chapters...

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Family Acceptance Within Families of Color Recording & Training Toolkit

Parents of LGBTQ+ children from Asian, Latinx, and African American backgrounds will share their stories of transforming parent’s fear, shame, and guilt into unconditional love and acceptance for their children...

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Making Cents Out of Raising Money - Increase Your Chapter's Success! Recording & Training Toolkit

In January 2018 the "Best-in-Show" series began, featuring the highest rated sessions from the PFLAG National Convention in Portland, OR. This month we were joined by chapter leaders from PFLAG...

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Keeping Siblings Seen and Supported with Dr. Anderson and Mr. Doherty Recording

Gender diversity impacts everyone in a family.  When a family stands out for any reason, each member is likely to handle this differently.   In the community, siblings of gender...

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Gender Basics for Parents with Joel Baum Recording

Discussions of gender are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, these discussions can leave us more confused than ever. Whether for your own information, or to help you support parents of...

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October 24, 2014

PFLAG: Evolution of a Name

In 2014, PFLAG members across the country voted to lose "Parent, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays" as the official name of the organization in favor of just, simply, PFLAG. No acronym, but a name for an organization with...


Health Risk Behaviors among Gender Expansive Students with Alison Gill Recording

In addition to transgender youth, gender expansive (also called gender nonconforming or nonbinary) youth are receiving a great deal of attention in the media and among educators and policymakers. However,...

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Powerful Partnerships: Making Diversity & Inclusion Successful in PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

Creating a chapter-based diversity and inclusion outreach strategy isn’t always easy, but the benefits are tremendous and critical in helping you achieve PFLAG’s mission. And with the political realities...

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What Would You Do?: Tips and Tools for PFLAGers and Allies in Tough Situations Recording & Training Toolkit

In trying times visible, vocal, and active allyship is more significant than ever. PFLAG parents and allies, in communities nationwide, have the power to encourage LGBTQ inclusion and to...

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Learning Skills to Pay the Bills: A PFLAG Chapter Treasurer Primer Recording & Training Toolkit

Being a PFLAG chapter treasurer is about paying the bills…and so much more.  In this session, you’ll learn about the core skills of being a PFLAG chapter treasurer, find out...

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Documentary: FACING FEAR

Facing Fear, a new documentary

Facing Fear, a short Oscar-nominated documentary by Jason Cohen, is now available online. 

As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living...

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December 8, 2020

A PFLAG Founder Remembered: Adele Starr

Just as it would be impossible to tell the story of PFLAG without telling the story of founder Jeanne Manford, it would be impossible to tell the story of PFLAG National without telling the story of Adele Starr. So we chose today, December 10th, the 10th anniversary of her passing, to re-share it.
Adele and her husband, Larry, founded PFLAG LA, and Adele subsequently became the first President of PFLAG National. There is no question that she and Jeanne Manford were a formidable team. Much like Jeanne, Adele was a mama lion, willing to do whatever it took not just to protect her own cubs, but all of the others who came her way. Adele, by all accounts from those who knew her, was a true force to be reckoned with.


Advanced Facilitation Skills: Responding to Support Group Challenges Recording & Training Toolkit

Join us for part two of our two-part series on facilitation skills for PFLAG chapter leaders. (Check out part one here!)

Using common scenarios to demonstrate challenges that many...

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October 9, 2014

About the Q

PFLAG National uses the letter "Q" to denote both "Queer" and "Questioning." We define these separate terms as follows:

Queer: A term used by some people—particularly youth—to describe themselves and/or their community. Reclaimed from its earlier negative use, the term...


Facilitation Skills for PFLAG Leaders: Going from Good to Great! Recording & Training Toolkit

Support groups are one of the most honored and sought after functions of PFLAG chapters nationwide. Join us for this updated learning session that will help PFLAG leaders, support group...

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September 19, 2016

PFLAG Napa Quilt Project Honors Pulse Victims and PFLAG Orlando

PFLAG Napa recently completed a project that is touching hearts, minds, and lives....reaching all the way to Orlando.


The Ultimate LGBTQ+ History and Culture Extravaganza: Recording & Training Toolkit

Stonewall. Rainbow flags. Pink triangles. Lavender lambdas. Pink, blue, and white banners. Pride parades. Disco. Fire Island, WeHo, and Dupont Circle. Harvey, Audre, Marsha, Sylvester, and even Gaga. PFLAG and...

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August 24, 2016

PFLAG Works in Coalition with DOJ on Trans Best Practices Law Enforcement Video

This morning, the Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) launched a new roll-call training video, “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community,” that models best practices for police interactions with transgender individuals.  The short roll-call training video uses real-world scenarios...
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June 30, 2016

PFLAG Orlando Response Update

June has been a somber month for Pride. Our collective grief over Orlando is new territory for some, but in the days ahead our solidarity and unity will continue to be needed by so many who have been affected.


Our Trans & Nonbinary Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

PFLAG is dedicated to providing support to trans and non-binary folks and their families, educating the community about the issues that trans and non-binary people face, and advocating for fully...

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May 2, 2014

Paulette Goodman keeps moving equality forward...

As reported by Jeff Getek of MyMCMedia, former PFLAG National president Paulette Goodman (1988-1992) is keeping up the good fight for equality...but not before taking a quick break earlier this year to celebrate the marriage victory at the Supreme Court....

February 28, 2015

PFLAG Santa Barbara and the Interfaith Pride Celebration

Today we hear from Georgia Noble of PFLAG Santa Barbara, who with her chapter helped to coordinate the first Interfaith Pride Celebration in the community.

We orchestrated the first Interfaith Pride Celebration here in Santa Barbara to take place in...

April 5, 2015

Being Transgender for Our Child

my purpleSix months ago, our ten year old began to identify as transgender. This after spending years trying to explain it and find a way to fit in at school and...

December 31, 2018

New Mexico Declares PFLAG Day

This week, PFLAG National recognizes our New Mexico chapters for an incredible honor. Reported by Steve Terrell over here at the Santa Fe-New Mexican, the New Mexico state Senate, by a unanimous vote, declared February 16th to be PFLAG Day. The memorial was sponsored by Sen. Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces:

May 9, 2016

And then sometimes, the kid supports the parents...

We got this sweet video from Lance, whose mom Leslie is the Vice President of PFLAG Fresno. Lance surprised his mom by driving from his home in LA up to Fresno to march with her in the Fresno Pride...

May 4, 2014

Dear Abby Gives A Special Shout-Out to PFLAG Lubbock!

The relationship between PFLAG and advice columnist superstar Dear Abby goes back years. In fact, in the early 1980s when her syndicated column mentioned PFLAG as a resource for parents of gay children, PFLAG’s National Office--which at the time was the...

March 31, 2014

PFLAG Tampa: St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals!

Wonderful news, a followup to this story from March 19th where we asked for your votes of support for PFLAG Tampa.

Clearly the call was heeded, the votes came in and PFLAG Tampa has been voted...

April 17, 2014

PFLAG Chapters Speaking Out...in the Press!

PFLAGers always make it a point to speak out, especially when the health and well being of their LGBTQ loved ones is on the line. And when they're given the opportunity to do so in the press, that message can...

April 3, 2014

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County's Catherine Hyde Receives Honor!

This week we hear from PFLAG Columbia-Howard County, with wonderful news about one of its members...who also happens to be a Regional Director, PFLAG National Board Member, and a member of the Transgender Gender Nonconforming Advisory Council (TGNC).


March 1, 2014

PFLAG Cedar Rapids: Voices of Diversity

We don't often get to spotlight a chapter where a simple link will allow the entry to speak for itself. But WOW! Check out this wonderful segment from CBS2 Iowa highlighting the chapter!

Voices of Diversity: PFLAG -...

January 16, 2014

PFLAG API Chapters in New York and Los Angeles Celebrate Lunar New Year!

The 2014 Lunar New Year was last week, and PFLAGers on both coasts celebrated diversity of all kind by marching in parades with other API constituents. We have reports from both Califonia and New York on these special celebrations!


January 29, 2015

PFLAG Indianapolis: The Fight for Equality in Indiana

Today we hear from PFLAG Indianapolis co-President and Indiana State Coordinator Annette Gross.

To say that Annette is a warrior would be something of an understatement: she is tireless, fearless, outspoken, fierce and funny...and always on the front line of...

February 28, 2015

PFLAG Maryland Chapters: Partnering on a New Online Resource for Maryland's Trans* Youth

Catherine Hyde, a longtime PFLAG member, PFLAG Howard County trans coordinator, and PFLAG National Board Member, is helping Maryland chapters partner with FreeState Legal to create trans*[email protected], a new website meant to offer answers to legal...

April 30, 2015

Belinda Carlisle and her son, James Duke Mason, Welcomed by PFLAG Bakersfield

Last night, singer Belinda Carlisle and her son, actor James Duke Mason, were the special guests at a monthly meeting of PFLAG Bakersfield. Duke, gay and out since 2006, has had the full support of his parents,...