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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. 

Training Toolkit: What the +?: Understanding and Supporting Expansive LGBTQ+ Identities

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online's "What the +?: Understanding and Supporting Expansive LGBTQ+ Identities"! One of our key goals is to help you take the...

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The Equality Act: Taking Action to Advocate for Crucial Legislation

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online! One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to make...

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Be Kind, Rewind: Recognizing Your Role in Building Inclusion

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online! One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to...

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Change the World in Two Minutes: How to Share Your Story

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online! One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to make...

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

As people who are transgender and nonbinary become more visible, the need to have educated and engaged allies to support them becomes greater. In this session, we’ll review the core...

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online! One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to make...

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LGBTQ Sex Ed: Health, Rights, and Pleasure

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online! One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to make...

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PFLAG Connects: Facilitation Skills for Virtual Support Group Meetings

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...

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How to Stop Arguing About Religion but Make Your Point

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online! One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to make...

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PFLAG Votes 2020: Our Right and Our Responsibility

Voting is a right, and responsibility for all Americans. And PFLAG National would like to help PFLAG Chapters, leaders, and members get-out-the-vote in their communities. In 2020 there is too...

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Training Toolkit: PFLAG Votes 2020: Our Right and Our Responsibility

Thanks for participating in PFLAG Academy Online! One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use it to make...

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Training Toolkit: The Role of Parents in Protecting Youth from Conversion Therapy

Thanks for watching part one of PFLAG National’s two part series on conversion therapy, presented by our friends and partners at The Trevor Project. One of our key goals is...

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Training Toolkit: Conversion Therapy and LGBTQ Youth

Thanks for watching part one of PFLAG National’s two part series on conversion therapy, presented by our friends and partners at The Mattachine Society of Washington, DC. One of our...

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How Effective Strategic Planning Leads to Innovative Community Programming

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

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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Training Toolkit: Chapter Leadership Transition: Best Practices for Success

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Chapter Leadership Transition: Best Practices for Success. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session...

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PFLAG Gives Back: A New Resource & Guide for PFLAG Chapters

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...

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Let's Get Social: Social Media the PFLAG Way

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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Training Toolkit: Let's Get Social - Social Media, the PFLAG Way

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Let's Get Social . One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned and use it to make your chapter...

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When Someone Comes Out: A PFLAGers Guide to Demonstrating Support and Acceptance

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

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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Training Toolkit: Creating a Scholarship Program

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Creating a Scholarship Program A How-To Guide for PFLAG Chapters.  One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this...

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Training Toolkit: Creating Thriving Chapters

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Creating Thriving Chapters: How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Members.  One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned...

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Training Toolkit: Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth with Hillary Bardwell and Christian Rummell.  One of our key goals is to help you take the information that...

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Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth

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

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Fair Housing For All: Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community with Shivaughn Ferguson, Sherrill Frost-Brown, and Joe Wardenski. One of our key goals is to help...

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Our Trans and Nonbinary Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters webinar or in-person training. One of our key goals is...

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Training Toolkit: When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support and Acceptance

Thank you for joining PFLAG National's learning session! On this page, you'll find additional resources to expand your learning -- and hopefully help answer any questions that you may have.

PFLAG...

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Stopping the Blitz: Coordinated Response to Christian Nationalist State Campaigns

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

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

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

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

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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Training Toolkit: Family Acceptance within Families of Color

Thanks for participating in “Family Acceptance Within Families of Color” with Kelly, Robert, Blanca, Marilyn, and Sung. One of our key goals is to help you take the...

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Making Cents Out of Raising Money - Increase Your Chapter's Success!

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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Training Toolkit: Making Cents Out of Fundraising

Thanks for participating in “Making Cents Out of Raising Money - Increase Your Chapter's Success!”  with PFLAG Jersey Shore. One of our key goals is to help you take the...

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

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

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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September 24, 2017

Gender Basics for Parents with Gender Spectrum and PFLAG

As you work with families in the PFLAG community, you may be encountering new and changing understandings of gender. PFLAG is hearing from more and more parents whose children are transgender, nonbinary or otherwise gender-expansive, and our leaders need the...

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August 30, 2017

PFLAG Staff Restructure and Service Improvements

Earlier this week, I sent an email sharing the news of an exciting restructure of our Field department, now called Chapter Engagement. We wanted to be sure everyone had a chance to see it, so we are sharing it again...

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August 28, 2017

Changing the Way We Support Our Chapters: Staff Restructure FAQ

Answers to some common questions about the PFLAG staff restructure.

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Training Toolkit: Working with School Personnel for Safer Schools

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Cultivating Respect: Working with School Personnel for Safer Schools webinar. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned...

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July 30, 2017

Straight for Equality: Self Care, Post-Pride

As summer begins in earnest and temperatures rise, is anyone else feeling just a little burnt out? The Straight for Equality team is feeling it for sure, and so this month, we’re calling on you to step back, take a...

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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...

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June 29, 2017

Honoring Ric Weiland: Architect of a Historic Tipping Point

Last weekend marked an important anniversary: on June 24th, it was eleven years since the passing of Richard Weiland (1953-2006).

If you’re not familiar with Ric’s name, you’re not alone—even in his hometown of Seattle, many do not know the...

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Health Risk Behaviors among Gender Expansive Students with Alison Gill

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

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

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Powerful Partnerships...Making Diversity & Inclusion Successful in PFLAG Chapters. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned...

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What Would You Do?: Tips and Tools for PFLAGers and Allies in Tough Situations

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

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.

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November 23, 2016

PFLAG Butte Provides Critical Trans Support

Think for a minute of how we would be different if our focus was directed to the least among us: those individuals or groups who have been marginalized, demonized, ignored, and maligned.

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Advanced Facilitation Skills: Responding to Support Group Challenges

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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November 9, 2016

PFLAG National Head Jody Huckaby to Step Down

Jean Hodges, Chair of the PFLAG National Board of Directors, announced that Executive Director Jody Huckaby will depart the helm of the organization in December after serving in this role since January 2005.

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October 31, 2016

PFLAG Boulder Receives Community Grant

PFLAG Boulder County, which provides support, education and advocacy for the families, friends and allies of LGBTQ individuals, has received funding from The Community Foundation. This year, the fo

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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...

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Facilitation Skills for PFLAG Leaders: Going from Good to Great!

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.

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Don't Know Much About LGBTQ History?: The Ultimate LGBTQ History and Culture Extravaganza

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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July 31, 2016

PFLAG Central PA Supports Orlando-Focused Pride

Carole Sizemore, a member of PFLAG, an organization of parents and allies of the LGBTQ community, said the festival was an important annual event that provided members of the LGBTQ community a "safe place" to enjoy a day with friends, family and loved ones.

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July 28, 2016

Welcome New PFLAG Chapters!

The rise in numbers of new PFLAG chapters starting across the country continues to move and motivate us all. Passionate families, allies, and LGBTQ people see the need--now more than ever--for PFLAG chapters in their communities. From the continued...

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July 28, 2016

PFLAG Sierra Vista Going Strong

Today, Thomasson has a wife of 35 years. She’s a retired school teacher and retired U.S. Army Reservist. She’s happy and at peace with herself, but having suffered, having been in the closet, Thomasson wants to help others who might now be suffering. To that end, she joined PFLAG.

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July 21, 2016

Gay Rights Groups Have Grown Since Marriage Decision

Since same-sex marriage came to Alabama, gay rights groups such as PFLAG and Equality Calhoun have grown exponentially.

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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.

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

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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June 16, 2016

PFLAG on Orlando

In the midst of profound tragedy, we find hope. Numerous PFLAG chapters across the country - and, in fact, around the world—have been holding vigils and support meetings in response to the June 12th shooting in Orlando, which targeted LGBTQ people, primarily of Latinx descent.

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Training Toolkit: Facilitation Skills for PFLAG Leaders

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Faciliation Skills: Going from Good to Great webinar or in-person training. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you...

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June 2, 2016

Welcome to the New pflag.org

We are so pleased to share our new website! Anyone who visited the former pflag.org can attest to the fact that we were long overdue for a new website.

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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).

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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 -...

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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!

First...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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