Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Growing a Thriving Chapter in a Conservative and Divisive City
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Bennie Moten AB
In this workshop we will explore what steps are necessary to growing an already established PFLAG chapter for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies within a conservative, and at times divisive, city. This workshop will focus on how to build your local chapter through peer-to-peer support groups, educational and professional outreach, working together with other non-profits, and finding common ground within your own diverse community. The workshop will also show how the above programs draw a direct link to new memberships, amazing fundraising opportunities, and building a strong foundation for long term continued growth for your new chapter. Finally we will hold a Q&A session about the issues and concerns your chapters have faced thus opening the floor for an open and honest discussion leading to real solutions for the struggles they face on a day to day basis.
Julia Johnson, PFLAG Hutchinson
Julia Johnson has been a permanent resident of Hutchinson, KS since 1984 but originally hails from Denver, CO. She holds degrees in Business and Marketing but resigned from those professions in 2001 when her health declined. She has been a social and political activist for the last 11 years, using her voice to speak out for equality. Julia was a member and then President of the local chapter of Equality Kansas in 2010-2013, was a member of PFLAG Hutchinson 2011-2015, and a Project Manager on the board of WiTCoN. In 2018 Julia served as Chairman of the Board for Hutchinson Salt City Pride. In August of 2018, in an effort to unite the city of Hutchinson, Julia facilitated the negotiations with PFLAG's board to integrate the two once and for all unifying the two organizations. PFLAG gained PRIDE and Hutchinson gained Unity.
Sara Crow, PFLAG Hutchinson
Born in Minnesota and originally transplanted to Wichita in 2001, Sara, who holds a degree in English, and her husband Larry have lived in Hutchinson for about eight years with their beloved cadre of cats and their pug, Ollie. At Hutchinson’s first Salt City Pride event last year, she discovered the incredible work Salt City Pride and PFLAG Hutchinson were doing to unite people across Kansas and build an understanding across the LGBTQ+ community and the people at large in their corner of Kansas. She was immediately sold on joining PFLAG and working with them to build and promote an amazing 2019 Pride event. In August, she was elected Social Media Director for PFLAG and Pride. When she’s not building websites and marketing plans for PFLAG, Sara works as an artist, editor, and instructional design consultant. She hosts gallery shows and attends art shows across Kansas.