Thursday Book Talks with PFLAG NYC

We’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. In May, we launched the first PFLAG NYC Book Club, reading The Savvy Ally and growing together as allies and activists. Over 30 people took part during four meetings through the month.

Now for Pride month we have something for every member of the family. We’re hosting a book event every Thursday evening in June. Join us as we explore a diverse selection of books of interest to our community.

During the first two weeks, we invite children under 10 to come check out some great picture books with parents, guardians, or whichever adult they want to share the experience with. In the second half of the month, we turn our focus to some adult books and will host events with authors.

All events are free and open to the public. For the June 4 and June 11 events, only adults attending together with children will be allowed.

Check out the full schedule below, and click on the link for each event to register. Read more »

Open Letter from LGBTQ Organizations Condemning Racist Violence

On the eve of Pride Month, we prepare to mark the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that are a key mile-marker in the struggle to claim full equality and civil rights for LGBTQ+ people. As we know and acknowledge from our own community’s experience, in the face of systemic violence and oppression not all progress is or should be peaceful.

In 2017, PFLAG NYC affirmed the Unity and Inclusion Policy of PFLAG National, committing our movement of families and allies united with LGBTQ+ people to strive to uphold the human dignity of all people and to fight discrimination and bigotry in any form so that all families can live free of fear.

Today PFLAG NYC signed on to the following joint letter of LGBTQ organizations condemning racist violence. We affirm that PFLAG NYC will be fully engaged with our movement partners in making “explicit commitments to embrace anti-racism and end white supremacy, not as necessary corollaries to our mission, but as integral to the objective of full equality for LGBTQ people.” Read more »

Starting in mid-March, we’ve taken all PFLAG NYC support meetings online. It’s been uplifting to find new ways to sustain the PFLAG NYC community in this period of social distancing, and many have been surprised how readily they’ve built strong virtual relationships. The feedback has been positive, and we’re looking forward to running all our regularly scheduled meetings online. For the foreseeable future, all our meetings will be online.

Online meetings take place using Zoom. Because it’s a little more difficult to keep focus on a virtual meeting compared to being in person, we’re slightly shortening the duration of most meetings, but otherwise they will take place at the same times when our physical meetings would have.

Here’s the schedule of online meetings for May:      Read more »

The Savvy Ally - Book Cover

Our PFLAG NYC online gatherings have been well received, so we’re taking this opportunity to launch a new way for members of our community to come together with purpose. We’re launching a book club so that we can learn together, expand our horizons, and talk about the world we want to see on the other side of the coronavirus crisis.

The Savvy Ally by Jeannie Gainsburg

The first book we’ll read together will be The Savvy Ally by Jeannie Gainsburg. Part primer, part handbook, part call to action, the book will raise your LGBTQ+ IQ, help with conversations with all kinds of listeners, and equip you to be a daily advocate in the way that feels right to you.

The book club will meet online for four consecutive Thursday evenings — May 7, 14, 21, and 28 — from 8 to 9 p.m. to talk about the four major sections of the book, and at the final session on May 28 we’ll be joined by the author, Jeannie Gainsburg. Read more »

Although we have suspended all in-person PFLAG NYC meetings while we practice social distancing during the fight against COVID-19, PFLAG NYC is still here for all members of our community. We are happy to announce that all of our support meetings are moving online and will continue to take place on the regular schedule.

Online meetings will give our community members a great way to maintain community and keep up connections with others during this unusual time. We hope you’ll join us as we work together to combat feelings of stress and isolation.

Starting Monday, March 23, when our Upper West Side meeting would have taken place, we will launch regular online meetings for support and discussion using Zoom, a web-based video conferencing app that people everywhere are becoming very familiar with.      Read more »