"... the next step is thinking about how we go beyond the hugs."
The New Orleans Chapter of PFLAG recently held its Sanda Pailet Memorial Champagne Scholarship Reception. This year, 24 students were each awarded at least $1,000, and several donors were honored for their many years of support.
For nearly 40 years, Paulette Goodman has been helping people accept their LGBTQ children.
QueerSCV and PFLAG Santa Clarita joined together to host 'Picnic in the Park' as a part of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
"A PFLAG get-together is often the first step for parents of recently out LGBTQI people trying to navigate the new waters and learn how to be supportive."
“It’s truly beautiful and overwhelming to see the hundreds of thousands of people now building on the legacy started by PFLAG’s founder..."
MLB PRIDE held a Lunch & Learn seminar in partnership with PFLAG National entitled “From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Addressing Bullying Behaviors.”
Beaumont Pride Fest hosted by PFLAG Beaumont promises to be a full day of entertainment, celebration, and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community of Southeast Texas.
PFLAG Casper organized the video testimonials, which feature people of different generations discussing their experiences as an LGBT person in Wyoming for this Casper Pride Week.
PFLAG Norman will host its fourth annual Pride Picnic. The PFLAG Picnic is a great chance for the LGBTQ+ community, family, and friends to get together and share in the joys of summer in a safe space sharing in food, laughter, and activities. It is a great event for the whole family.
The Rockford Chapter of PFLAG spearheaded the idea to get Rockford to officially proclaim June as Pride Month in honor of the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
A group of about 35 people representing PFLAG, a national family and ally organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and the LGBTQ+ community walked in the parade alongs
PFLAG Manistee was recently awarded a grant from the Youth Advisory Council of the Manistee Community Foundation to be used for PFLAG’s Book Donation Program.
Jackson PFLAG is hosting the fifth annual Teton Pride Picnic. Last year, Jackson had nearly 100 people attend our Pride event.
PFLAG Spartanburg is closer to opening an outreach center for LGBTQ youth in Spartanburg.
Pendleton High School seniors Daphny Chen and Samuel Attridge are the 2019 recipients of the $1,000 Roberta Frasier Anderson Diversity Scholarship, presented by PFLAG Pendleton.
“This study confirms what we at PFLAG know about bias-based bullying.
Northridge High School senior Rafael Duarte is the 2019 PFLAG Greeley Scholarship Award recipient.
PFLAG Michigan City & LaPorte County will host a special film viewing of “Becoming More Visible” in the Uptown Arts District in downtown Michigan City.
Santa Clarita Valley chapter of PFLAG create and assemble 800 educational packets for local schools.
The Ames chapter of PFLAG, the world’s largest family and ally organization, will be hosting Iowa Legislature representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell at its meeting Tuesday.
"Community outreach is one of PFLAG Hutchinson's primary goals for the Hutchinson area this year as they open a new LGBTQ center"
"PFLAG is an organization whose mission is to help LGBTQ people and their families build bridges of understanding."
"Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG National participates in panel discussion for 'The Lavender Scare'"
“You can’t tell if a person is gay or straight,” Holden said. “We exist for support, education and advocacy.”
"His dad’s acceptance evolved rather quickly. Within a year of Adams transition, Mr. Miller was attending PFLAG meetings regularly and even marched in Atlanta’s Pride parade with the PFLAG chapter."
"Kevyn Aucoin helped start chapters of PFLAG and encouraged celebrities to offer positive messages to queer youth–a practice much less commonplace at the time."
"Broadly spoke with the President of PFLAG National to find out how LGBTQ youth—and everybody—can cope with unsupportive relatives during the holiday season."
"Those who were previously opposed or ambivalent about gay and lesbian people can change their hearts and minds," Owen said.
The Vogue Theater has partnered with PFLAG Manistee for the viewing of “Boy Erased”
The three Dillon City Council members considering whether a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance should go before the full council failed, again, to make a decision at a crowded meeting Tuesday.
"Homophobic Facebook post incites fear and anxiety within the local LGBTQ community and anonymous individuals started a campaign to promote inclusiveness within Sedro-Woolley and Skagit Valley"
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998."
"PFLAG and Salisbury PRIDE were featured in the '’Tis the Season Spectacular' as well as other groups that have not been invited to participate before."
"PFLAG Dillon has asked the City of Dillon to adopt a non-discrimination (otherwise known as expansion of the definition of protected persons) city ordinance."
Those who came together with PFLAG at 1st Congregational Church on Sunday gathered for a solemn purpose — to honor the lives of transgender people murdered because of their identity.
"Some families are inadequately exposed and informed about the LGBTQ community. This is where organizations like PFLAG can play a vital role in family members’ relationships with one another."
"In order to help end conversion therapy, Focus Features has produced a series of posters, debuting exclusively in The Advocate, which shine a light on organizations like PFLAG"
"Local members of PFLAG Quincy, IL are very troubled by the denunciation and marginalization of members of our community who are LGBT"
"The Rehoboth Beach, Del., chapter of PFLAG, the national organization representing parents and friends of LGBT people, has provided three Rehoboth area public libraries with special LGBT exhibits for the month of October to commemorate Gay History Month."
"Linda Reeves, along with two other mothers of gay children — Cindy Byrne and Tina Sarafa — will soon launch the first Manhattan Beach and South Bay chapter"
"By providing a PFLAG chapter that supports families and helps them be the support they need to be for their kids. We will literally be saving lives and improving the emotional well being of all of our LGBTQ kids."
"The international telecommunications company Verizon presented a check on Monday for $250,000 to PFLAG, which advocates for families and allies of LGBT people, at the group’s headquarters in Washi
“PFLAG was the scaffolding to hold me up and my family together while we went on an amazing journey to understand, accept and eventually celebrate our trans child,”
"The picnic brought together representatives of the LGBTQ community, families and allies, welcoming them with an array of games, activities, a tie-dye station and lunch consisting of hot dogs, chip
"Joan traveled with other families from Guangxi to share her story with more than 500 friends and strangers at the Guangzhou regional conference of PFLAG China."
"Family acceptance for LGBTQ youth who face homelessness and attempt suicide at tragic and unacceptable levels.
Today, PFLAG National — America's leading organization uniting the families and allies of LGBTQ youth — named Jaime M. Grant as its new executive director.
After a year of planning and intense work this spring, PFLAG National has granted chapter status to PFLAG Michigan City (MC) which will serve all La Porte County.
I do believe we will retain much of the progress we have made toward LGBT inclusion and understanding in schools.
Oakland A's outfielder Matt Joyce was suspended by Major League Baseball for two games after calling an Angels fan an anti-LGBT slur in a heated exchange during a game in Anaheim.
Oakland outfielder Matt Joyce received a two-game suspension without pay Saturday for directing a gay slur toward a fan in Anaheim and he will take part in a public outreach initiative with PFLAG,
Show up, help in shelters if you can, get involved in PFLAG, do what you can do to help in any way that you can. Consciousness is key.
"Being told that we're a burden, that we don't matter, that our contribution to the life, liberty, and freedom of the people in this nation, don't matter, is very difficult, it's a hard pill to swa
PFLAG national spokesperson Shelley Argent said the findings were a sign that the government should “have a free vote [on marriage equality] and get this done”.
Diego Sanchez, director of advocacy, policy and partnerships for PFLAG, a family and ally organization for LGBT individuals, echoed McKay’s sentiments to The Daily Beast that greater visibility is
In the letter co-signed by the Human Rights Campaign, National Centre for Transgender Equality, Freedom for All Americans and PFLAG, among others, Lambda Legal argues that “the records of Mr.
At the Howard County executive’s quarterly LGBT Roundtable last month, Jumel Howard, a member of the PFLAG-Howard County Steering Committee, discussed preliminary plans for a Pride celebration to t
Liz Owen, director of communications for PFLAG National, attended the Phoenix event and says it confirmed that LGBT acceptance is a value that r
The Salisbury-Rowan chapter of PFLAG and the Scholarships Advisory Committee have awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to local students.
On May 20, "Lover's Day" in China, a group of mothers, affiliated with the US-founded PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), caused a stir by appearing at a Shanghai park where
Actor, filmmaker, activist and musician Adrian Grenier, best known as the lead in the HBO hit series Entourage, will join guests at HOT!, the annual fundraiser in support
In a column addressing a woman struggling to understand gender fluidity, Dear Abby reccommended PFLAG's "Guide to Being a Trans Ally."
The Fun Run organizers from PFLAG Salisbury, a local LGBTQ ally organization and Lower Shore LGBTQ Coalition say it's not just about raising awareness that all are welcome but showing pride too.
Since 2015, Subaru has partnered with PFLAG National and its network of chapters across the country to
The new Product Information section of the Pride Woven Nylon band on Apple's website confirms that a portion of proceeds from its sales in the United States will help benefit LGBTQ groups including
The Bang Group — a percussive dance company created by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker, hosted its first-ever “Snap, Crackle, BANG!” event at the Dance Complex over the weekend and awarded Greater
In honor of National Pride Month, LGBTQ communities and supporters are gearing up for Oklahoma’s largest annual pride parade, and Norman is no exception.
“To not include sexual orientation and gender identity in CDC reporting on violent death victims is to erase the high incidence of fatal violence that LGBTQ people experience,” Elizabeth Raymond Ko
PFLAG Napa delivered the Orlando Pulse Memorial Quilt to PFLAG Orlando last October. It contains 49 squares, each of which memorializes one of the lives lost in the June 12 mass shooting.
Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar will donate his forfeited salary from a two-game suspension last month to two Toronto-area LGBTQ organizations.
Pendleton High School senior Raeana Mikel is the 2017 recipient of a $1,000 Roberta Frazier Anderson Diversity Scholarship, presented by PFLAG Pendleton.
"Kearney is actually very accepting. Most of the businesses. We have $2,000 worth of prizes from the city of Kearney. We're blessed,” PFLAG Kearney president Kimberly Ryan said.
“The complexity of gender identity is not a new issue, but rather an issue that is now rising to the level of greater visibility for more people,” said Mark House
Greater Boston PFLAG honored Josh Kraft at its annual Pride & Passion benefit at Boston Marriott Copley Place on April 27.
And PFLAG National released a statement reading in part, "In signing this so-called 'religious liberty' order, the president has essentially granted broad permission to discriminate..."
PFLAG National Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm said, "Each one of us has an individual story about why access to health care is so important, deeply personal and, for too many, can involv
Today, Aiden, 28, is pursuing his master’s degree, married, and is an activist in the LGBTQ community as president of the Pasadena chapter of PFLAG, an advocacy group.
"I challenge you to start a conversation today, on Transgender Day of Visibility, with your friends: you can empower someone in your community by embracing the idea that transgender people are peop
"With a wider political divide than ever before, as a nonpartisan organization we felt it was important to honor different ally voices of support for the LGBTQ community, and Ana Navarro is such an
"I have learned that to be in community is to experience a sense of belonging," Stratton said. "To belong is to be related to and to be a part of something greater than ourselves."
This year, the event will celebrate Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, CNN political analyst Ana Navarro, and Alcoa.
"Becoming an ally is not an overnight transition for most people," Navetta said. "The only way they can take this journey is if we take this journey along with them.
A coalition of LGBTQ groups have sent a letter to the
“My heart is racing, and I just couldn't hold it in anymore. I tried,” said Polk Pride board member and Polk County PFLAG president Kerri McCoy.
With organizations such as media watchdog GLAAD, PFLAG, Lambda Legal and the National LGBTQ Task Force co-signing, along with numerous state and local organizations, the letter represents the full
Peterson Toscano, a native of Stamford, underwent conversion therapy. His experience, written in a statement, was read by Donna Warren, an LGBTQ advocate and PFLAG mother.
In response to the confusing messages being sent by DeVos and the Department of Education regarding Title IX, LGBT advocacy groups GLSEN and PFLAG have relaunched their 2009 #ClaimYourRights campai
"I was worried about him being picked on," said Meghan Howard, who turned to the education and advocacy group PFLAG for guidance. "He was angry and closed off.
Four out transgender leaders spoke at the Thursday morning press conference in D.C., including...PFLAG's Diego Sanchez — who was the first openly transgender senior staffer on Capitol Hill. Sanchez
Lisa Seelmann is the vice president of PFLAG Port Huron, a local chapter of a national organization that exists to support and advocate for those in the LGBTQ community, families, friends and allie
Today, GLSEN and PFLAG join together to re-launch our #ClaimYourRights Campaign, to help anyone affected by or witnessing anti-transgender discrimination in our schools file a complaint with the Of
Contacting your representatives is imperative; as PFLAG, a nonprofit run by allies of the LGBTQ community, points out, you can contact your congressional representatives whether or not you have a s
“Tomorrow we will fight even harder for the protections that Title IX still affords all transgender youth across the country.”
And PFLAG executive director Elizabeth Kohm said, “PFLAG hearts everywhere are with the worried parents who will be kept awake tonight, and the kids who will be scared to go to school in the mornin
How do we all move forward, when those who are supposed to lead in keeping our students safe have demonstrated a lack of experience, knowledge, and commitment to doing so?
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.
The man has dedicated the last decade of his life to advocating and acting on a range of social justice issues in Collier County.
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.
So Jackson, a PFLAG Boulder County board member, worked with the St. Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition to encourage the St.
A family's negative reaction sends a strong message.
I thought that Leonard's personal familial experience and the fact that he has helped a great many other families through his volunteer work with PFLAG made him incredibly well-suited for the panel
Patti Maxwell, a member of PFLAG in Longview, said the act would do more harm than good.
Michelle Evans, is a transgender woman, and is the transgender coordinator of PFLAG Orange County's Speaker’s Bureau.
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
Elizabeth Kohm, the organization's interim executive director, told NBC Out PFLAG begins to think about its holiday strategy as early as September.
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.
In Amarillo, Texas, Republican Texas State Senator Konni Burton has introduced a bill that will force teachers and any other school faculty to out LGBT students, even if the student asks to keep th
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.
“In every opportunity I get, I’m going to show my faith and stand beside him,” says Romine. “I’m a big supporter of PFLAG.
Patrick Burke, a legislator in New York's Erie County, proposed a bill this week that would ban conversion therapy for minors.
"There's concern that legislature and issues won't be supported and reinforced as they are now," said Rachel Green, president of PFLAG Tahlequah.
As a result, in what is being seen as a growing need to fight this discrimination, support groups like PFLAG Korea are starting to form in the country.
PFLAG chapters across the country held Transgender Day of Remembrance memorials throughout the month of November. Here is just some of the media coverage of the widespread events.
Caregiving and advocating for family members or friends is a challenging and sometimes heart-rending labor of love.
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
Gail Clark-Savage, a leader in spurring local welcome parties for the participants in the AIDS bicycle ride through Lompoc every June, has been announced as the first nominee for the seventh annual
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
A Virginia mother says her views on LGBT people were transformed when her teenager came out as transgender. Hope Christina Hernandez said she was not raised to accept LGBT people.
To help combat some of the issues the transgender community is facing, Hannibal Quincy PFLAG started a conversation about compassion and acceptance at the Quincy Public Library.
“We are pleased that this legislation will provide invaluable data about the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and help PFLAG NYC, as well as city agencies and other indepen
In her East Tennessee accent, Kelly Jenkins explains, “I knew I was a girl when I knew I was a girl–-at a very young age--but I didn’t know people disagreed with me.
The day is celebrated by schools, celebrities, companies and media outlets by wearing purple to show that they support the LGBT community and are taking a stand against bullying. See Michelle Visag
From South Jersey Magazine:
More than 100 representatives of employers and organizations from across Michigan gathered at Saginaw Valley State University this week for the second annual Great Lakes Bay Region LGBT Workplace S
PFLAG hosted a Vigil for Hope on Thursday at the Gregg County Courthouse. The event was in observance of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Now known as PFLAG, the grassroots network born that day is still standing strong, with chapters across the country, including here in Atlanta.
Almost a year ago, I emailed my close friends, asking if they would use “she” and “her” when referring to me.
Safe Place is a collaborative effort between local non-profits, businesses and law enforcement. It began in Seattle and has resulted in reduced crimes against the LGBTQ community.
"To help overcome these and other challenges, we train volunteers to meet the individual where they are and, as a critical piece of our philosophy, do not push them to walk too quickly but walk with them in their journey."
Parental support in any child’s life is key. But what do you do when your parents turn their backs on you, all because you want to be happy?
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.
With more and more families and schools grappling with how to respond to gender diversity among children and with gender issues increasingly in the news, a Berkeley, California mom has reached into
When her son, Harry, was 2 years old, author Julie Tarney said he told her, "Inside my head, I'm a girl." With that statement, Tarney said her journey as the parent of a gender non-conforming child
Parents are wonderful, especially those who stand by their children who come out as LGBT, an action that not all parents across the world choose to take.
On Tuesday night's PFLAG presentation, at local restaurant On the Green, a few people told their unique stories. Two of the speakers would say they have never identified with the gender they were assigned at birth, and the other two were parents who were able to corroborate that perspective.
The Michigan Employee Resource Group, or MERGE, has been meeting once a month for the past ten years to discuss topics ranging from how to increase LGBT ERG membership to social and judicial issues that impact the community. The networking organization is made up of LGBT ERGs from major corporations in southeast Michigan.
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 26-year-old who is about to come out as transgender. I was born a male and will be transitioning into a female.
“In an effort to connect LGBT+ folks in need with appropriate resources, TransAAction Maryland has organized Image-In, a free clothing exchange/giveaway for all youth and adults, with great fashions, stylists, shoes, accessories, clothing,” says Sue Garner, the chapter’s president.
Lake-Sumter State College freshman Dana Herron is the first recipient of a scholarship from PFLAG Lady Lake. She is being awarded the scholarship because of her valiant efforts to establish a GSA Club (Gay/Straight Alliance) while she was a student at Carver Middle School.
“We thought they could learn a lot from professional actors about public speaking skills,” said Drew Tagliabue, the executive director of PFLAG NYC, an organization for family members of gay and transgender people. The group runs the Safe Schools Program, which sends those emissaries into classrooms to talk about coming out.
In the initial wake of the shooting, memorials were held across the country to honor the victims and collectively mourn the loss of the LGBTQ community’s “fallen brothers and sisters,” as Barbara Sheppard, president of PFLAG-Taos and one of the organizers of the march, told The Taos News.
Most of those entering Great Pacific in search of a latte or a microbrew didn’t seem to notice the new sticker, but it sent a message to those who glanced its way. The establishment is an early adopter of PFLAG Pendleton’s effort to place the window clings.
PFLAG Harlingen made about 150 cupcakes to show its support to the local law enforcement community. The event, “Cupcakes and Coffee for Cops” was held Friday at Mexican Cafe on Wilson Road.
The Anne Arundel County and Annapolis chapter of PFLAG, a national nonprofit organization, celebrated its launch at a picnic at Crofton Park on Sunday. The group starting meeting in May and obtained its nonprofit status this summer.
Though initial meetings have taken place beginning in May, the chapter was officially titled in June by PFLAG National. It joins other Maryland PFLAG chapters that have been established in Columbia, Westminster, Frederick, Chestertown, Bethesda, Bel Air and Salisbury.
“Orlando 49” is an effort by Stonewall, in conjunction with Orange County Regional History Center and The One Orlando Collection Initiative, to collect items from the numerous vigils and remembrance events held in the wake of the mass shooting.
“The collaboration between Nashville PFLAG and the Tennessee Health Care Campaign,” Davis said, “seeks to inform LGBTQI Tennesseans of their health insurance options but also to find out if their rights are being observed.”
"I believe that transgender citizens deserve basic human rights and should not be discriminated against. I also believe that women deserve to be treated with respect, have control over their own bodies, and be free to live without fear of sexual and physical violence. These two issues are not mutually exclusive, and I urge you to lend your support to both..."
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.
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.
I have developed quality friendships with people who work every day to make the world a better place for others to live in.
As the Observation Point fire winds down, one support worker at Darby’s fire camp next to the high school was excited to be the first recipient of PFLAG’s Start-up Grant.
Since same-sex marriage came to Alabama, gay rights groups such as PFLAG and Equality Calhoun have grown exponentially.
"Affirmations asked me if I wanted to start a support group for transgender people and I said yes," she says. "That's when I came out of the closet and began identifying as trans."
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.
The Salisbury-Rowan chapter of PFLAG and the Scholarships Advisory Committee awarded seven $1,000 scholarships for 2016-2017 academic year.
WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today hailed the
Producers Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman have announced that Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, has partnered with PFLAG, the nation’s largest organization of famil
Cynthia Germanotta is cofounder and president of the Born This Way Foundation, an organization that empowers young people to tell their stories, combats bullying, and encourages acts of compassion.