PFLAG Cincinnati is a local chapter of the national organization called PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays), the nation’s largest family-based group of its kind. PFLAG began in 1972, when a courageous mother marched with her gay son in New York City’s gay pride parade. Her single voice—calling on society to treat all of its citizens equally and with dignity—sparked a national movement. Since then, tens of thousands of ordinary Americans have joined forces as PFLAG.
With its unique family voice and grassroots network, PFLAG is creating a safe and just world in ways nobody else can. On the national level and in more than 500 communities across America, we support one another, educate the public and advocate for equality. Just as one mother spoke out in 1972, we speak out today—united in our belief that love is stronger than fear, and that all our children are EQUAL.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through
- support, to cope with an adverse society,
- education, to enlighten an ill-informed public, and
- advocacy, to end discrimination and secure civil rights.
PFLAG provides an opportunity for confidential dialog about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human dignity.
Meetings are open to all and are completely confidential. What is said there stays there. Confidentiality is important to most of us for one reason or another, and at all times we respect the rights of others.
We come because we have a common bond – a gay relative or friend. We welcome all ... at whatever stage they are in the coming out journey. We realize that we cannot meet the needs of everyone at every meeting, and every meeting is a bit different in its make-up because of the people, the concerns, and even current issues. But we welcome all. Each of us gains strength by your presence.