Join us at a Safe Schools Speaker Training Workshop - April 11, 14, or 30

Denise Atherley Speaks with Students at the High School for Law and Public ServiceDenise Atherley Speaks with Students at the High School for Law and Public Service

Personal stories are the most effective tool that the Safe Schools Program uses to open students’ minds and enlist them in making their schools welcoming and supportive for all. Safe Schools’ community volunteers are the essential part of the presentations we use in hundreds of classrooms every year.

This spring, PFLAG NYC will hold three Volunteer Training Workshops to teach new volunteers how to share their story for the Safe Schools Program, and help existing volunteers take on leadership roles within the program. The workshops will help both new and experienced volunteers shape a personal story to fit a Safe Schools presentation. In the New Volunteer workshops, paticipants will: Read more »

Download Flyer with Meeting Info

PFLAG NYC has joined with The Center to create a new option for parents, family members, and friends of transgender and gender nonconforming loved ones to come to a TransFamilies Project monthly support group. The new group will meet on the last Tuesday of every month, starting January 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meetings will take place at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Like all TransFamilies Project meetings, the group is open to all. No matter when your loved one disclosed his/her/their gender identity, or what stage of transition he/she/they are in, join with others to meet understanding friends, share information, and get and provide support. Read more »

“You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!” by Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura Jacobs

Join Us on October 8 and Help Challenge Myths about Trans People

From Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner to trans & queer youth, transgender and gender-nonconforming people are in the media more than ever before, but exposure does not necessarily lead to understanding. In fact, familiarity may help spread information that is incomplete and inaccurate. Come to a PFLAG NYC book talk to change that!

Laura Erickson-Schroth, M.D., and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R, will speak at PFLAG NYC at 3 p.m. on October 8 about their new book, “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!” — And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People. Read more »

Barbara Cook and Adam LeGrant Stay Close Poster

We were saddened at the news that Barbara Cook passed away this morning, age 89. Barbara and her son, Adam LeGrant, were among the first families to appear in PFLAG NYC’s “Stay Close” Campaign, featuring intimate portraits of celebrities with their LGBT loved ones.

Suzanne Ramos, one of the creators of the Campaign and former PFLAG NYC Board Chair, shared this memory of Barbara on hearing the news:

I was excited as we gave Barbara’s name to the doorman in her Riverside Drive building. After sending us up to her apartment — Jim Lewin, who was the creative director on the Stay Close campaign, the photographer for the photo shoot, and I — we disembarked on her floor, rang the bell, and were greeted by her son, Adam. “My mom’s doing her hair,” he told us. In a few minutes, Barbara popped out with rollers in her hair. “I’ll be right with you,” she said disappearing back into her bedroom for a few more minutes. (How did she come out looking so gorgeous so quickly?) During the shoot, the interaction between Mother and Son was sweet and affectionate. Read more »

Julie Tarney, Author of My Son Wears Heels: One Mom’s Journey from Clueless to Kickass, Will Speak at PFLAG NYC Upper West Side Meeting in April


Julie Tarney Speaking with the Safe Schools Program

In 1992, Julie Tarney’s two-year-old child, Harry, told her, “Inside my head I’m a girl.” So begins Julie’s tale of what it was like to raise her son in a time when terms like “gender non-conforming,” “gender-creative,” and “transgender” were rare or nonexistent.

It was a time when there were no books to guide her and Google and the internet didn’t exist, so there was no easy way to find information or community.

Mainstream “experts” theorized that a “sissy” boy was the result of a domineering mother. Many PFLAG parents have been there and will empathize. Julie refused to believe it. Without role models and fearful of being judged as a mom who was making her son “too feminine,” Julie embarked on an unexpected parenting path. Read more »