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PFLAG started with families. For more than 40 years, we have been providing peer-to-peer support, publications, toolkits, and other resources to make sure that the family members of people who are LGBTQ get the support they need in the way that best serves their needs. This allows families to then further support, affirm, and advocate on behalf of their LGBTQ loved ones.

November 27, 2018

Something to Talk About: November 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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July 19, 2018

Talking Inclusively: July 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can...

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Training Toolkit: Family Acceptance within Families of Color

Thanks for participating in “Family Acceptance Within Families of Color”  with Marsha, Kelly, Monica, and Sheila. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you...

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Nuestros Seres Queridos Trans: Una Nueva Traducción al Español

Estamos muy orgullosos de anunciar el primero de nuestras nuevas traducciones actualizadas en Español de todas nuestras publicaciones nacionales de PFLAG. La miembro de la junta Isolda Atayde lidera el...

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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 19, 2017

Happy #BiWeek... What Will YOU Do?

I was really fortunate to come into national LGBTQ work as the Bi movement was exploding. 

Some of my first friendships in my now 30-year life in DC were with intrepid Bi activists. I watched Bi leaders fight for inclusion...

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August 28, 2017

#ParentsComingOut Coverage

PFLAG's #ParentsComingOut video, in partnership with 3M, was shared far and wide, not just in social media but in the press too!

Here's just some of that coverage:

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August 21, 2017

A Note to My Kid: #ParentsComingOut

Family support makes a transformative difference in the lives of people who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. And when parents and families share their stories--coming out in support of their LGBTQ children and loved ones--they not...

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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: To RuPaul, My Fairy Dragmother

This is the fourth of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing. Originally designed to increase visibility for children and adults with LGBTQ parents, The Rainbow Letters is now expanding its audience and calling for letters written by anyone who is or has family members who are LGBTQ. We look forward to sharing one letter with you each day this week!

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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: Dear Donor

This is the third of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing....
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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: The Courage To Tell Me

This is the second of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing....
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June 30, 2017

PFLAGers Take Pride

For the past month, parades, marches, festivals, workshops, picnics, and parties have taken place around the world to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, which honors the Stonewall riots which took place in 1969 in New York City. PFLAGers...

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June 21, 2017

Parents: Quick Tips for Supporting Your LGBTQ Kids--and YOURSELF--During the Coming-Out Process

When a loved one comes out, reactions vary, from “Now that I know, what can I do to support my child?” to “How will I ever handle this?” For some people, it’s a combination of these two reactions…and more. There...

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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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January 17, 2017

Psychology Today Recommends PFLAG on Blog

This is a national support and advocacy group primarily for parents of LGBT people that has hundreds of local chapters, so there is likely to be one near you. 

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January 25, 2017

PFLAG Mom Author Tarney on raising a gender-creative son

She is on the board of the It Gets Better Project and she’s very active in PFLAG NYC, volunteering regularly as a speaker for its Safe Schools Program.

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January 17, 2017

Welcome, REAL O'NEALS Fans!

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.
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December 18, 2016

Psychology Today Suggests PFLAG to Readers

Show support and acceptance of your child even if you are struggling with your feelings...You can join your local chapter of PFLAG to find groups and activities that support gay, lesbian, bisexual

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December 16, 2016

Organizations Provide Holiday Assistance for At-Risk LGBTQ Youth

Elizabeth Kohm, the organization's interim executive director, told NBC Out PFLAG begins to think about its holiday strategy as early as September.

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December 10, 2016

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...

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November 30, 2016

OK Gazette Profile of PFLAG RD Kay Holladay

When Kay Holladay’s son David came out to his family at age 16, there were no tears or confusion and there was no teeth-gnashing or condemnation.

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November 2, 2016

PFLAG Provides Support for Families with Trans Kids

Though many children go through periods of being “gender-expansive”—for example, a preschool boy who prefers princess outfits—parents should pay attention if kids consistently, persistently and ins

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September 23, 2016

PFLAG Bellevue celebrating 20th anniversary on Eastside

In 1996, Wendy Wartes and her husband were host parents for an exchange student from Belarus. The young man had come out to his family back home and it did not go well, so he saw coming to this country as an opportunity for a better experience.

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July 13, 2016

Thank You, Jazz Jennings, For Changing America

Originally published online at The Advocate.

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May 18, 2016

NQAPIA’s API Family Acceptance Campaign

Right on the heels of  Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has just announced the launc

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Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act

This bill redefines “surviving spouse” to include all legally married spouses at the time of a veteran’s death rather than only opposite-sex spouses for the purposes of...

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Resources for Interfaith/Non-Denominational Communities

The work done between and among faiths is an important part of the movement toward full equality, since it brings together communities of faith with the LGBTQ community and their...

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Resources for Atheists and Humanists

“Coming out as an atheist can cost an academic his or her job in some parts of America, and many choose to keep quiet about their atheism.”  -- Richard Dawkins...

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Faith Resources for Jews

“The love of God’s creatures must include all humankind, regardless of religion and race. The narrow mindedness that sees whatever is outside our people as impure and contaminated is...

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April 25, 2016

One Mother's Voice: PFLAG Cofounder Recalls Group's Beginnings

One mother's support and acceptance of her gay son led to the creation of a national support group for gays, lesbians and their families.

Jeanne Manford needs few words to make the most complex questions simple. "I loved him," she...

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PFLAG National Glossary of Terms

Updated July 2019.

The power of language to shape our perceptions of other people is immense. Precise use of terms in regards to gender and sexual orientation can have a...

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Transgender Reading List for Children

Parents looking for age-appropriate reading material for younger children who are transgender, gender expansive, or simply have a lot of questions, might think that their options are limited. Happily, that’s...

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Support Hotlines

The hotlines listed below provide services to callers across the country. If you're looking for a local support network, also contact one of PFLAG's more than 400 chapters in the...

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April 21, 2016

Faith FAQ

For many people of faith, coming out or learning a loved one has come out can bring up several questions. PFLAG offers some answers, advice, and considerations for working through these difficult questions.

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Faith Resources for Muslims

Muslim communities have been subjected to Islamophobia, racism, and violence based on ignorance. In a number of ways, the contemporary Muslim experience mirrors the LGBT experience, and makes support for those whose identities intersect with both communities all the more important.

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November 25, 2015

S4E: Allies and the Holidays

Holiday time can be incredible--seeing family and friends, parties, gift exchanges. At the same time, they can be stressful when we find ourselves sharing space with people whose opinions on LGBT equality are…well, not exactly where we’d hope they’d...
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March 3, 2015

Until I See Skylar Again...

We are proud to share this piece from PFLAG mom and National board member Marsha Aizumi, though heartbroken that we have to. With thanks to Huffington Post Gay Voices, where it was originally posted.

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There are...

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January 1, 2014

A note from Amy to her daughter, M

Dear M,

Today marks one year that your life changed. That our family's life changed. Our foundation shook just like the steps of your school bus as you sprinted home on your last day of 4th grade. This was the...

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February 14, 2014

A Very Special Birth Announcement!

Birth announcement- almost 20 years late (written with the permission of the kid in question)
February 28, 2014 at 10:59pm

Nineteen and a half years ago, I gave birth to beautiful baby girl with lots of dark hair and a...

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March 24, 2014

A Note to Jacob from Dad

Jacob, I write this letter to you to let you know just how much I Love you.

I wish there was another word besides ‘Love’ to say because I feel the word love has lost it’s true meaning, It has...

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