It’s Our Anniversary!
Celebrate with us at the PFLAG NYC Awards Dinner on October 14

On October 14, the PFLAG NYC Awards Dinner will celebrate PFLAG NYC’s 40 years of commitment to making life better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

A highlight of the gala dinner will be the presentation of the PFLAG NYC “Stay Close” Leadership Awards to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to making society more understanding and to furthering equality for LGBT people. We are proud to announce the 2013 award recipients and look forward to celebrating with them on October 14.

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Clara Yoon: "Everyone needs understanding and love from parents." — 부모님의 이해와 사랑이 필요합니다.Clara Yoon: "Everyone needs understanding and love from parents." — 부모님의 이해와 사랑이 필요합니다.

The API Project is a new initiative of PFLAG NYC to help families and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals of Asian & Pacific Islander (API) background. Clara Yoon, the founder and leader of the API Project, shares the background and goals for the group:

When my child came out as transgender a few years ago, I remember spending countless hours on the internet researching and learning about transgender issues. I also joined PFLAG NYC’s TransParents Project, a wonderful group of parents, and received much needed support and resources as I struggled through each milestone for my son’s transitioning.

Looking back, I know how fortunate I was to have these resources and support. Equipped with knowledge, better understanding and support from other parents, I was able to overcome my fear, anxiety and misconception to navigate through steps necessary to support my child in his journey. I cannot imagine how lost I would have been if I was living in some place with no supportive community and resources that I could rely on. Read more »

Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG NYC and the pioneering mother whose simple show of support for her gay son launched an international movement of straight allies for gay rights, passed away at her home in Daly City, California, on January 8, 2013. She was 92. PFLAG NYC joins the extended LGBT community, including friends, family and allies, in mourning her passing.

It was Jeanne’s outspoken support of her son, Morty, during a gay rights march in New York in 1972 that led her on a 40‐year journey of outspoken activism for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In 2009, President Obama celebrated Jeanne’s work, calling it “the story of America…of ordinary citizens organizing, agitating, educating for change, of hope stronger than hate, of love more powerful than any insult or injury.” Read more »