PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization uniting people who are LGBTQ with parents, families, friends, and allies. With 200,000 members and supporters, and local affiliates in more than 350 communities across the U.S. and abroad, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based organization of its kind. PFLAG is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.
Unity and Inclusion Policy Statement
From its founding in 1972 to its work today, PFLAG’s membership of LGBTQ people, families, and allies have united in love, embracing each other and people whose communities are often marginalized, erased or ignored.
PFLAG reaffirms that unity and inclusion and a shared commitment to human dignity of all people are critical to fight discrimination and bigotry in any form so that all families can live free of fear. We commit to fight for fairness inclusive of people’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic position, religion, level of mental or physical ability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other perceived or actual characteristic.
PFLAG also reaffirms its commitment to this goal which requires us to learn to be the allies that communities need. We commit to better educate ourselves, listen to others, and engage in critical conversations, ensuring that we model the inclusive behavior we wish to see in the world.
We will be more inclusive allies to create space for voices that might not otherwise be heard and amplify personal stories so that the storytellers are visible. We will listen attentively and actively, and speak out with due diligence and clear conviction, across all barriers and borders, to ensure that all people are included, respected, and treated equally.
As an organization that believes that change happens on the grassroots level in local communities, it is PFLAG’s number one priority to support the work of local affiliates. We do this by providing affiliates with nationally produced resources and the guidance, time and expertise of our national staff. PFLAG’s top priorities also include working for safe schools for all students and working to build and support models of inclusion to make PFLAG and our work relevant for all diverse communities. PFLAG works to ensure equal civil rights and protections for LGBTQ people and works to help make faith communities and workplaces more welcoming.
PFLAG’s National headquarters are located in downtown Washington, D.C. Here the staff of the PFLAG National Office work to support and facilitate the work of PFLAG’s affiliate network and to be a national family and ally voice for the LGBTQ equality movement. PFLAG affiliates are located in all 50 states, with similar PFLAG-like models in many areas abroad. Click here to find a local PFLAG chapter.
PFLAG’s first meeting was held in 1973. By 1979 PFLAG chapters had formed across the country. In 1981 PFLAG became the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, in 1982 PFLAG became incorporated as a national organization called Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and in 2014 the organization officially changed the name to, simply, PFLAG. See PFLAG’s history by clicking here.