Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies.
The idea for PFLAG was born in 1972, when a mother publicly supported her gay son. With over 200,000 members in the United States, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind. PFLAG is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.
PFLAG ‘s mission is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals, along with their families and allies, by (1) providing support to those who need it, (2) educating family and communities regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and LGBT issues, and (3) advocating to end discrimination and advance equality for LGBT people. PFLAG celebrates the diversity and potential of all human beings and envisions a tolerant and peaceful society, where all are accepted for who they are.
About the Richmond Chapter:
PFLAG Richmond turned 20 last year! We celebrated our birthday with friends and allies on October 23, 2015 at Diversity Richmond.
The values of PFLAG and of this chapter stress education, understanding, acceptance, and support, but most of all love, thereby empowering our children — straight and gay — to lead happy and productive lives.
We have accomplished a lot over the past few years with limited resources and committed volunteers. Some highlights:
•Held monthly group meetings to support our local GLBT community and their families. •Supported families who have started “He, She, Ze, and We,” a group for parents of gender variant young children.
• Co-sponsored the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
•Collected petition signatures for the restoration of GLBT adoption and fostering rights. •Lobbied Virginia lawmakers at Equality Virginia’s Lobby Day at the General Assembly. • Attended PFLAG National Conference in Washington, and lobbied Congress on GLBT issues. •Reached out to the community through our presence at Richmond Pride, Diversity Day at the Veterans' Hospital in Richmond, and other events.