About Us

PFLAG NYC is the founding chapter of PFLAG, the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to celebrating LGBTQ+ young people and creating a better future for all.

 

Photograph of Jeanne and Morty Manford marching in Christoper Street Liberation Day Parade in 1972.
Jeanne Manford of Flushing, New York, marched in the Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day Parade with her son, Morty, on June 25, 1972, carrying a sign that said, “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for our Children.” Spurred on by Jeanne, a group of New York City parents in 1973 founded Parents of Gays of Greater New York, the predecessor of PFLAG NYC. Jeanne Manford’s original sign from 1972 is now preserved in the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library.

Our History

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.


Today, our mission remains the same… to create a better future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth and adults through a partnership of parents, allies, and LGBTQ+ people.

Our Services

PFLAG NYC creates a better future by serving New York City families, schools, and communities in order to increase understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people.


Learn about PFLAG NYC Programs:

Support for Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies

Family support and acceptance is the most important factor for positive outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth. Our Support Programs help families stay close and keep relationships strong when a loved one comes out. As important today as when the first PFLAG NYC parents met in 1973, PFLAG NYC’s support has changed only in the many ways families can reach us and the breadth of communities we serve.

Safe & Inclusive Schools

Outside the family, school is the most important place in the life of a young person. Our Safe Schools Program works with schools to ensure that LGBTQ+ youth find an environment that is accepting and affirming so that they can have equal opportunities to be safe and successful in school. Our trained community speakers share their personal stories of coming out and acceptance as part of an education program that can change the climate in schools.

Community Outreach & Education

Beyond family and school, PFLAG NYC aims to make every place that LGBTQ+ people find community a safe and welcoming space. In workplaces, faith communities, community organizations, and all service providers, we deliver educational programs to raise awareness and make inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ people everywhere.

Advocacy

In the public arena, PFLAG NYC organizes parents, families, friends, and allies to speak and advocate on issues that impact our LGBTQ+ loved ones. We fight for full equality for LGBTQ+ people and won’t rest until our LGBTQ+ loved ones are treated no differently than every other member of our families.

PFLAG NYC’s unique voice has helped thousands by helping families grow stronger, making schools safer, and educating the public so our world is a more inclusive place.

 

Throughout the years, open meetings for parents, friends, and family of LGBTQ+ people has been at the center of our work. PFLAG NYC meetings provide a safe space to learn, share, and find support among our loving community.
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