PFLAG is an organization for families, friends and other supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. With 200,000 members and supporters, PFLAG is the largest nongovernmental organization (NGO) of its kind in the United States.
In 1972, Jeanne Manford’s son was beaten for being gay. After publicly complaining of police inaction, Manford began holding small meetings for parents of gay children. Her meetings evolved into PFLAG. Today, there are 350 PFLAG chapters across all 50 states.
NGOs have been at the forefront of advances in LGBT rights in the United States. PFLAG works to end discrimination and secure equal rights for members of the LGBT community. Its Cultivating Respect program promotes school safety for all children by fighting bullying and harassment with creative education programs and training. Straight for Equality, PFLAG’s national education project, was established in 2007 to engage straight allies who don’t have an LGBT family connection. The project focuses on informing the public about LGBT equality in the workplace, in health care and in faith communities.
PFLAG was formerly known as Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays.