Acclaimed Play Returns to NYC for Two Performances Only, Benefitting PFLAG on November 25

Exclusive Teaser to be Performed at Midtown Meeeting on November 9!

The Santa Closet tells the story of Gary, a little boy who writes to Santa Claus for a doll, receives a truck instead, and pens a heart-rending letter to the North Pole that stirs the great Holiday Icon’s soul, pushing him out of the closet and into the culture wars.

The play's Off-Broadway run was heralded as "Hilarious" and "Brilliant" by Broadway World and OUT Magazine. The New York Times raved:

"A Delightful Surprise! ... This isn't a clumsy parody, but a sensitive, imaginative tale that really is about a boy's realization that he is different. Mr. Solomon portrays an amazing range of characters, all of them beautifully."

A theatrical documentarian in the mold of Anna Deveare Smith and the Laramie Project, Mr. Solomon purports to have interviewed, and portrays, all of the key players in the “Santa-gate” scandal, including little gay Gary, his confused mom and angry dad, Santa’s fake-actress wife, his Agent, his one true love, Giovanni Geppetto (a descendent of Pinocchio) and Mary Ellen Banfield, a conservative activist who is fighting to institute a Santa NO FLY ZONE. Read more »


Students at I.S. 289 have one question after another for PFLAG mom, Johanna Antar

The 2013-2014 school year in New York City wraps up on June 26, and this year PFLAG NYC was busy bringing the Safe Schools Program into schools right up to the end. Our last school engagement of the year was to the 7th Grade at I.S. 289 in Manhattan. Talk about going out with a bang: we had our biggest single team for the year at that one event — 13 people. And the event capped off the most successful year yet for the Safe Schools Program: we made 30 school visits and reached over 4,600 students.

The Safe Schools Program is now PFLAG NYC’s most far-reaching activity, sending teams of speakers into classrooms all around the city to teach respect and create safe learning environments for all students, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ).

The Safe Schools speakers are all volunteers — either parents, other relatives or straight allies, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of all ages. These volunteers share with students their personal stories about learning to accept themselves or their child for who they are. The school visits create a safe space for students to ask questions, and hear a perspective many of them were never introduced to. Read more »

On Saturday, April 26, 171st Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues in Flushing, Queens, will be named "Jeanne, Jules, Morty Manford PFLAG Way" in honor of PFLAG and its founding family. All PFLAG supporters are invited to a naming ceremony at 12:30 p.m. co-sponsored by City Council Members Daniel Dromm and Paul Vallone.

The former Manford family home
The former Manford family home on 171st Street, Flushing (Photo by David W. Dunlap/The New York Times)

PFLAG NYC is deeply honored that the PFLAG movement is being recognized in the street name along with Jeanne, Jules and Morty Manford. The Manford family home was a safe space and shelter for many LGBT young people for 30 years, so it is a fitting tribute that the block on which it stands will be named for the family. The New York Times collected moving recollections about the home last year in an article, "How a Queens Home Became a Cradle of the Gay Rights Movement."

The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York's Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today's LGBT Pride March. She became the first parent to publicly march in support of a gay child. Read more »