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All PFLAG NYC support meetings are taking place online via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even on Zoom, we are glad that our community is continuing to offer mutual support, share information, and find solidarity.

We look forward to the day that we can return to having in-person meetings, but we’re also glad that meeting online has given us the flexibility to create a range of new groups for different audiences. Black Family Circle, lunchtime groups, and most recently a new group for dads are all part of our online offerings. If you have any questions about the group that is the best fir for you, please email us at info@pflagnyc.org or call 646-809-4099.

The monthly schedule of online meetings and registration info are below. You can go directly to the registration form here.      Read more »

Ally is a verb. Let us teach you how.

Our PFLAG NYC community has risen to the challenge of the past year in such remarkable ways, and you have helped us keep helping LGBTQ+ youth, their families, schools and everyone who aspires to help them find welcome and affirmation. As we come into the final month of the year, we ask you to help once more with a year-end donation.

Social distancing and life lived remotely have brought particular challenges and heightened the risks that LGBTQ+ young people face. Everyone is navigating new pressures, but for young people who are grappling with identity the pressures can be unbearable. Home and family may not be a supportive environment. Going to school is a daily refuge that no longer exists. In an all-digital world, isolation, bullying, and fear of the future can be even more inescapable. On the flip side, parents and families can feel especially lost when a child comes out and they don’t know how to cope.

Faced with new needs, this year PFLAG NYC reworked every one of our programs to serve the needs of our new reality. The result is that we are better, stronger, and more capable for all that the future may bring. Read more »

PFLAG NYC's Safe Schools Program continues engaging students even online'PFLAG NYC’s Safe Schools Program continues engaging students even online

The Safe Schools Program brings community speakers to classrooms throughout New York City to share their personal experience of LGBTQ loved ones in their lives, or being an LGBTQ person themselves. Even remotely, students need to hear your story!

Before the pandemic, PFLAG NYC had brought the Safe Schools Program into schools in every part of New York City. Now online, we have the chance to be in every single school! Since March, when schools moved online, we have brought all our programs with students and educators into virtual schools.

Volunteer with the Safe Schools Program!

Community speakers make the Safe Schools Program powerful, because it is unlike any other experience students have. Ordinary people from the community — parents, other relatives, and LGBT people themselves — share their own stories of having an LGBTQ loved one, or of being LGBT themselves. These personal stories make the Safe Schools Program uniquely powerful in reaching students. As one educator told us, “The event was absolutely fabulous! Students commented that you never hear parents’ reactions and family stories. It was a new perspective for them. It was a really great program and led to great conversations!”

"If only my son, who years ago had sat in classrooms just like these and felt so alone with his feelings and concerns about being gay, had had the opportunity to hear presentations like these, I believe that it would have helped him so much."

In the 2020-21 school year even as students return to school part-time, we will continue to be in virtual classrooms. We always need more volunteers to be speakers in the program and share their story with school communities, and now you can do it without leaving home! Whether you are the parent of an LGBTQ person, someone with an LGBTQ loved one, or an LGBTQ person yourself, your story can help others learn what it means to be LGBTQ and help change the climate in schools for young people growing up, LGBTQ or not. You may not think your story is remarkable, but the most seemingly ordinary stories told honestly and proudly can spark revelations and change behavior.

Training Workshops for New and Current Speakers

For new volunteers, join us on October 10 for our next New Speaker Orientation Training. Learn how sharing your personal story can open dialogue, inspire students, and help schools make sure they are safe and affirming for LBGTQ students. Your story could save a life. Read more »

Black Family Circle — 4th Sunday of Every Month

For the last several years, PFLAG NYC has been steadily expanding the range of programs we offer to provide support to parents, families, and anyone with a loved one who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). Individuals who are in the LGBTQ community are also very welcome to join us for support in their coming out and relationships with family and friends. Meetings in more locations and meetings addressing specific needs based on language, culture, background or other experience have helped us reach more families than ever, and now that all meetings are taking place online, even geography is no obstacle.

Now we’re proud to announce the latest addition to our support offerings: Black Family Circle, a new group for black families. This new online meeting will provide a safe space for individuals who identify as Black and who have lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) loved ones to gather virtually and find community. This group will provide family-to-family support with a focus on the intersection of acceptance and one’s experience as a member of the Black diaspora. While the experiences of being Black in America vary tremendously, there are shared cultural factors that play a role in supporting a family’s well-being, resiliency and understanding when a loved one comes out as LGBTQ. Read more »

Trans New York by Peter Bussian

At PFLAG NYC, personal stories and storytelling are at the heart of everything we do, from providing support, offering education in schools and the community, and making change through activism. As soon as we saw an advance copy of Trans New York, we saw that this was a project that contributed much to awareness and understanding by making trans lives and the stories of transgender individuals visible and tangible to a wider audience.

Join us online on Thursday, June 18, at 8:00 p.m. for a virtual book launch featuring a panel discussion featuring the creator of Trans New York along with several individuals whose portraits appear. Read more »