PFLAG NYC — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People — is the founding chapter of PFLAG, the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Launched in New York City in 1973 by mothers and fathers who stood up for their gay children, PFLAG NYC started a national movement that now has more than 250,000 members and supporters in over 500 chapters throughout the United States.
PFLAG NYC’s mission is to create a better future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and adults through a partnership of parents, allies, and LGBT people.
PFLAG NYC provides services to New York City families, schools, corporations, and the larger community in order to increase understanding and acceptance of LGBT people. Our programs consist of:
- Safe Schools – working with teachers, principals, counselors and students to ensure that LGBT youth are safe and successful in school
- Support Services – preserving relationships within families when someone comes out as LGBT and supporting LGBT individuals whose families are not accepting
- Corporate & Community Outreach – promoting an inclusive society through diversity education programs at corporations and businesses, community groups, religious institutions, and other organizations
- Media Campaigns – changing hearts and minds in society at large, including through the “Stay Close” Campaign, which features celebrity families speaking out for loving family relationships regardless of sexual orientation
- Advocacy – advocating for LGBT equality and civil rights
PFLAG NYC’s unique voice has helped thousands by making schools safer, keeping families stronger, improving the workplace, and educating the general public.