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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February 28, 2019

The Unknown Depths of a Parent's Love

You never know how much love you have for your child until you’re challenged. Being a southern Black woman from a traditional background prepared me to raise my children well, but when one of my children came out to me...

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September 28, 2018

Three mothers form South Bay chapter of PFLAG

"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"

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December 7, 2018

Sam Thoron, former PFLAG president, dies at 79

Sam Thoron sold insurance and raced sports cars — but he was better known for changing the lives of thousands of straight families with gay children.

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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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June 20, 2018

PFLAG National On Policies of Family Separation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Board of Directors and Regional Directors of PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization uniting families, allies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgen

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Family Acceptance Within Families of Color

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're joined by chapter leaders from PFLAG chapters...

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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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December 12, 2017

PFLAG National Board Member Susan Thronson "Won't Be Denied"

"Family acceptance for LGBTQ youth who face homelessness and attempt suicide at tragic and unacceptable levels.

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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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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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October 11, 2017

Coming Out Day 2017: Creating the Safety and Extended Family Support System We Need

It’s National Coming Out Day, and PFLAG is thrilled to celebrate our own coming out day--nearly 45 years ago--alongside all of the amazing LGBTQ people in queer history, in our networks, and across the nation, who have had the strength...

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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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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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October 25, 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 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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May 31, 2017

Donor spotlight: Lester and Elaine Sharlach

When Lester and Elaine Sharlach renew their PFLAG National membership in 2018, it will mark 30 years since they started giving to PFLAG.

Their son came out 40 years ago, well before PFLAG had a national headquarters--they had been been...

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May 25, 2017

Family Equality Council and PFLAG National Welcome Bipartisan Introduction of Every Child Deserves a Family Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Equality Council and PFLAG National, Co-Chairs of the National Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition, welcome the reintroduction of the Every Child Dese

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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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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 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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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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Our Children

An update to the perennial favorite PFLAG publication, OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS, OUR CHILDREN offers a fresh eye for families and others about what to do when a loved ones comes out.

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July 1, 2016

July: A Month about Freedom and the Courage to Achieve It

As June ends and July begins, many cities are still celebrating Pride. This year, the official Pride month (June) provided brilliant celebrations of how far we have come – one year since marriage equality! – as well as somber moments...

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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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Copyright and Marriage Equality Act

This bill redefines “widow” and “widower” in federal copyright law to include surviving spouses in all legal marriages valid at time of death for the...

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Social Security and Marriage Equality Act

This bill will amend the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance section of Title II of the Social Security Act to make sure that...

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The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act

The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act amends sections of Title 38 of the US Code to give all LGBTQ veterans and their families access to their VA benefits regardless of their...

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Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2015

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act seeks to prevent abuse and neglect in youth residential programs. This bill would...

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Respect for Marriage Act (RMA)

The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) repeals Section 2 of DOMA and provides same-sex couples with certainty that federal benefits and...

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Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF)

ECDF would prohibit any child welfare service provider receiving federal assistance and involved in adoption or foster care placements from...

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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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Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All

Big news! This is a BIG update to our safe schools publication, Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All. We are grateful to Subaru for their generous support in making this...

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Faith In Our Families

Discovering that a loved one is LGBTQ+ can pose new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted. By using personal...

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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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Recommended Reading: Coming Out

The reading list below is an excellent starting point in your coming-out journey ahead, since many of the titles listed cover the process both for those who are navigating a...

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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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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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Mom gives trans daughter a wonderful surprise

Late last month, a mom gave her teenage trans daughter a wonderful surprise...a gift she had been waiting a very long time for.

Said mom in the description of the video she shared of the moment on...
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October 1, 2015

Family, Faith and PFLAG

Today, we hear from our Executive Director, Jody Huckaby, about his experience attending the Pope's visit to the White House.

I took the day yesterday to spend time with my sister, Joan. We started the day at 3:30 AM...

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A Note from Lizbeth About Her Sibling

We received the following note just yesterday, and thought it was a perfect sentiment to share here on...

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January 1, 2016

For My Perfectly Lovely Child

You shared a womb.  
You shared a room.  
You shared a bed.  
You shared...

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Do you love reading A Note to My Kid? Then send us your own note today!

We love A Note to My Kid...reading each entry, we are beyond moved: we know that somewhere, a person who needs to read these posts is getting exactly the support they need at the exact moment they need it. 

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November 28, 2016

PFLAG's Tips For The Holidays

While for some people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender holidays mean celebration, joy, family, and togetherness, for others it can mean a time of stress, difficulty, and even sadness or depression...especially if one feels that they

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