PFLAG was founded in 1973 after a group of gay and lesbian people asked Jeanne Manford to speak to their parents about support and acceptance. She had marched with her son Morty, in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March (today’s Pride marches are the children of the Liberation Day marches) in 1972, and drawn attention to herself for her unabashed support of her son. When she realized there was a genuine cause, she began a support group.
The first formal meeting took place in March, 1973 at the Metropolitan-Duane Methodist Church. Word spread about the support group and similar groups began to appear throughout the country. They offered support and ‘safe havens’ for parents with gay and lesbian children.
Chapters exist all over the country, and the group also lobbies for anti-discrimination legislature, provide education, and are advocates for numerous issues, including safe schools and workplace fairness.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays now boasts over 200,000 members and supporters nationwide, and provides an incredible resource for the LGBT community and their families.
Visit their site today and find a local chapter near you!