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 »

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 »