About PFLAG

“Equality is the Soul of Liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.”
Frances Wright
PFLAG Meaning
PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQIA community. We are made up of LGBTQ individuals, family and allies. Together we are stronger. When PFLAG was initially created in the 1970s it meant Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays. We have grown to support all lifestyles within the LGBTQIA community.top
PFLAG Origins
When PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford marched with her son Morty in the 1972 Christopher Street Liberation Day March, she was overwhelmed by the number of weeping, rejected LGBTQ young people who embraced her along the route, each of them begging her to speak with their own parents and families. Jeanne knew instinctively that the transformation of family values and practices was essential to healthy LGBTQ life, so she and a committed group of parents (including her husband, Jules) and LGBTQ activists (including her son, Morty) began the very first support group for parents of LGBTQ people in NYC. In the basement of the Church of the Village on March 11, 1973, PFLAG was born!top
Rockland PFLAG is a registered 501(c)(3) NY non-profit organization
PFLAG Impact
PFLAG Success

How did PFLAG create such massive change in family values and LGBTQIA life in less than half a century?

One interaction at a time. One family at a time. One chapter at a time.

It is impossible to overstate the impact of one parent or family member listening to, seeking help from, and offering love and acceptance to another. In a culture steeped in denial about massive inequalities and the depression and hopelessness they engender, PFLAG creates tiny moments of truth and hope among people whose love for their LGBTQ family members and friends sometimes comes into conflict with established authorities in their lives—whether it be religious institutions, employers, or government actors including police, courts, or family services, educators, coaches, doctors, or extended family.

These moments of honesty, grief, acceptance, and love propel PFLAGers through seemingly impossible dilemmas and family fractures.

We cannot estimate the number of LGBTQIA lives that have been saved through these exchanges in PFLAG meetings; we cannot count the legions of community leaders that have sprung into action. But just as Jeanne and her family knew 45 years ago, we know that these number in the tens of thousands. We know that seemingly “small” interactions catalyze monumental changes in our families, lives, communities, and institutions over time.

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PFLAG Board
  • President – Chris Barry
  • Vice President – Scott Bosley
  • Secretary – Beth Robinson
  • Treasurer – Ellen Woods
  • Activities Coordinator – Kim Barry
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PFLAG F A Q
What support groups are available?

We have a PFLAG group that meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8- 9:30 PM.

There is a Trans Parent support group that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 7:30-9 PM.

You are free to discuss any issues or concerns. All meetings are confidential.

Rockland Pride also has support groups.

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