As Jeanne Manford marched beside her son as support in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, she was nothing other than a supportive parent. Afterwards though, she was approached by fellow marchers begging her to help their own parents understand their sexuality. From that point, Jeanne knew she needed to provide more support for the LGBTQ community, so she started a support group. With 20 initial members, PFLAG rapidly grew into a nationwide movement, with over 400 communities today. PFLAG not only supports members of the LGBTQ community, but also their families and allies, in their Straight for Equality program. PFLAG’s impressive online presence also provides an online academy with lessons in moving forward with equality.
Beginning with New York roots, PFLAG is currently headquartered in Washington D.C. where they can campaign more closely with legislature.
1972: Founded by mother Jeanne Manford, after identifying the need for family support in the LGBTQ community.
1973: First formal PFLAG (then called Parents Flag) meeting.
1981: Officially established an office in Los Angeles, CA.
1982: The organization officially became a non-profit, and changed their name to Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Inc.
1990: In response to a letter from PFLAG, Barbara Bush replied “I firmly believe that we cannot tolerate discrimination against any individuals or groups in our country. Such treatment always brings with it pain and perpetuates intolerance.” That letter is attributed as the first positive comments about the LGBTQ community to come from the White House.
2014: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Inc. made the decision to permanently change their name to simply PFLAG, in order to include all in the LGBTQ community.
2016: PFLAG is continually campaigning for fair rights in the LGBTQ community, working with legislature.
We each have unique perspectives of the world based on our individual experiences. A Duer is someone that feels a personal responsibility to support the world in the most positive ways they know how. That means finding people and organizations that you have come to believe in and feel passionate about, and standing with them however you are capable. Whether your inspiration leads you to a donation or to the steps of the capitol, find the change that you believe is due.
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