A Bronx high school teacher wrote us recently after the Safe Schools Program visited her school:

“Your insightful, heartfelt personal stories combined with facts that hit home with our young people opened up a much needed dialogue within our school community about the LGBTQ community. Those who were here for your visit last year felt inspired to see you here again and those new to our school found an opportunity to start a real conversation about acceptance, sexuality, and respect.”

A new school year has just begun in New York City, and the Safe Schools Program of PFLAG NYC will be there again this year to help schools make their school culture welcoming; to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people find support; and to teach all students how to be true friends and strong allies.

For more than a decade the Safe Schools Program has been visiting schools and making classroom presentations, sharing our personal experiences with students. Passionate community volunteers are the heart of our program. Dozens of parents and other relatives along with LGBT people speak to students about their experiences with coming out and coming to understand sexual orientation and gender identity, or learning to understand and accept that of a child or loved one.

Are you interested in volunteering? Find out more here. Read more »

Join Us on Opening Night of 52 Tuesdays for Special Film Discussion

52 TUESDAYS Film Poster

We’ve been thrilled by the enthusiastic response PFLAG NYC supporters have given to recent film events, and we’re very happy to tell you about another one we’ve organized in cooperation with Kino Lorber.

52 Tuesdays is the story of a mom, transitioning to male, and his relationship with his teenage daughter who is thrust into her own search for identity. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week (only on Tuesdays), it brings a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility and transformation.

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NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards

February and March this year are an exciting, festive, and rewarding time for the API Project of PFLAG NYC. Between the Lunar New Year for All and an NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award for founder Clara Yoon, there is a lot going on!

On Sunday, February 22, more than 20 supporters of the API Project and PFLAG NYC joined the Lunar New Year for All contingent in the annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade that wound its way down Mott Street, Canal Street, the Bowery and all the most historic parts of New York City’s oldest Asian neighborhood.

Lunar New Year for All Marchers after the Parade Read more »

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Happy Lunar New Year from the API Project of PFLAG NYC!

Today is Lunar New Year, a holiday observed through many countries in East Asia and marked with many festive celebrations in Asian-American communities. In New York City, Lunar New Year will be celebrated with big parade on Saturday in Flushing, Queens, and on Sunday in Chinatown, Manhattan.

Once again, the API Project of PFLAG NYC is coming together with allies in the New York City LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander community to show our love for our friends, neighbors, families, and communities. Join PFLAG NYC's API Project, GAPIMNY, Q-WAVE, and others in rallying for love, acceptance, and understanding in our families of all backgrounds by marching in the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and helping to carry our banner proudly:

API Project Banner: We're Proud of our LGBT Children! Read more »

Exclusive NYC Advance Screening with Director Eric Schaeffer

Exclusive Film Screening - Boy Meets Girl

PFLAG NYC and the JCC Manhattan are proud to host the NYC premiere of Eric Schaeffer’s new internationally multi-award winning film, Boy Meets Girl. A ground-breaking coming-of-age romantic comedy, the film explores how falling in love transcends gender and how important it is to live a courageous life without fear standing in the way of your dreams.

Please join us for a special sneak screening and Q&A with the director, Eric Schaeffer, on January 22, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required. The film opens at The Village East on February 6 to the general public.

Eric Schaeffer tells PFLAG NYC:

I’m passionate about breaking the mold of sexual and emotional convention in the pursuit of creating more unity in our increasingly fractured world. Being a ‘straight man,’ albeit one who admits to many things most straight men don’t, and living my life with a colorful spectrum of sexual and emotional tastes, desires and behaviors that don’t always seem to be accepted, I feel a duty to portray characters in my films who, like myself, admit to and accept without condition the parts of themselves and others that can be best described and must start being labeled as one thing and one thing only: human. That is why I make any film. That is why I was inspired to make this romantic dramedy. I hope it’s meaningful to you. Read more »

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 »