Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays emerged after one mom, Jeanne Manford, marched with her son at a Gay Pride parade in 1972.
After the march, Jeanne formed a group called, Parents of Gays with other parents. This became the organization known as, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Today PFLAG welcomes parents and friends of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals.
By the 1990s certain PFLAG chapters took on social issues.
Some issues the organization has tackled include:
- Laws protecting gay children from harassment in schools
- Heightening awareness of hate speech
- Gay teen suicide
PFLAG offers this advice to families with GLBT members:
"The first thing you should do for yourself and your loved one is to talk to someone who has been through this process. Whether it is by e-mail, phone or in-person at a PFLAG meeting listening to and talking to those who have experienced the feelings you are encountering can be both cathartic and comforting."
Check out their website to find contact information.
PFLAG also has chapters across the country. At the present there are over 500 chapters in all fifty states.
Local chapters can also be found through the PFLAG website. Getting involved with a local chapter can be a great way to find a supportive environment if a loved one is GLBT.