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The scholarships are funded through former and current PFLAG members, the Rob Benzon Foundation, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, the family of Stephen G. Bowersox and the Raytheon LGBT STEM Scholarship, among others.
The scholarships are awarded to LGBT high school seniors continuing on to higher education or full-time undergraduate and graduate students through a competitive application and essay process. The scholarship committee selects recipients based on a written essay, commitment to their chosen field, financial need and academic achievement.
PFLAG will announce the 2016 recipients at an event on Friday, May 13, 2016.
To learn more, visit pflag.com/scholarships.
Friday, December 11, 2015
As founding parent of PFLAG Metro DC, she has been on the frontlines of this fight for years, and not just for marriage, but for full legal equality and societal celebration of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ).
“As a child, I knew what it was like to be afraid and ostracized," Goodman tells Getek. "Just going to the movies on Thursday afternoons with my friends, forbidden to Jews, could have meant tragedy for the whole family had I been caught in a roundup near the theater,” she described.Despite the June ruling, Goodman knows there is still a long way to go, and has no plans to slow down in her work of supporting, educating and advocating as only a PFLAGer can.
"I am committed to advocating for understanding and acceptance for transgendered people in the United States and for the LGBT community internationally in places like Russia and certain parts of Africa where people still face persecution and even death.”
You can read the full story on the MyMCMedia website. And congratulations to Paulette for her continued inspiring work!
Friday, November 13, 2015
He said, “We wanted to bring it to Oxford because there was a need for it, there were some conversations about marriage equality and being prepared [for the changes in the community] that were coming. We felt it would be beneficial to all who were interested.”
The local community has been incredibly welcoming, reports The Miami Student, and that's great...because the chapter has big plans! Among them? To create partnerships with local businesses, and to start a program called "Reading Rainbow" in local public schools, which would help offer a students more diverse literature in their school libraries, including books that are inclusive of LGBTQ subject matter.
Revalee is excited and ready for the challenges ahead. “We wanted to be ready to have those conversations with our community and to act as an advocate for our community. We want to educate people and inform them that there are LGBTQ people in the Oxford community and that we were here to provide information.”
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
"PFLAG Houston is deeply disappointed and saddened that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was defeated today. Over the past few months, loving parents, friends and allies of the LGBTQ community have worked tirelessly to protect HERO. We will go forward to share our message that all LGBTQ Houstonians should be able to live freely without the fear of discrimination, especially ourtransgender brothers and sisters who were vilified by the opponents of this ordinance. The fight is not over, and we vow to work with our new mayor and other members of the Houston community to move equality forward."
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Friday, September 25, 2015
The article states that organizers are looking for any materials that would enable youth, in particular queer youth of color, to build skills to help them transition to life after incarceration. Multiple copies of books are also accepted. The PFLAG Portland Black Chapter hopes to have enough donations to create three Queer book libraries in separate facilities. If this book drive is successful, PFLAG may continue taking donations beyond September.
For more information, check out the Facebook event page for the book drive here.
Friday, September 18, 2015
By all measures the event was an amazing success. We had around 350 people show up including a 50 person Interfaith Choir. We had 19 congregations and three other non-profits come out as sponsors. We had no idea that there were that many open and inclusive congregations in our community. People were very, very moved by the event. We got feedback for weeks about how moving it was. I am sending you a couple of the pieces that were especially meaningful for the LGBTQ people present; the Litany of Confession and the Litany of Thanksgiving. I am also sending you a link to a video of the event.
Part of our vision was to galvanize the churches to be more proactive and to become better allies. We had a couple of congregations, for example, use the event as a way to begin an exploration and conversation of the issue within their congregations. One of our next steps is to create an Interfaith Pride Alliance of local congregations that can take on the work of healing some of the damage done by faith communities. Even when congregations are open and inclusive they often still have along way to go in becoming better allies. We will definitely do the event again and keep the momentum going.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
The Illinois press welcomed the new chapter by giving them great coverage in the local papers.
The Journal Gazette & Times-Courier described the founding of the chapter as springing from a group of people who found each other through other LGBTQ organizations, but then decided that there was still a need for PFLAG.
And the Daily Eastern quoted the founding members on a variety of subjects, from their planned safe schools work to their feelings on the recent marriage equality ruling at the Supreme Court.
You can read both articles, free of charge, on the newspaper websites: Click here for the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier piece, and click here for the piece from the Daily Eastern.
We congratulate the chapter for making such a splashy entrance into the PFLAG family!
Friday, August 21, 2015
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There we found information, resources, and the strength to tackle this amazing journey. And we found others on a similar journey. But most importantly, after years of darkness, our child began to blossom again. Understanding the life-saving value of such resources (and looking for local company on our journey), I set out to create a network of support back in Maryland for other families with trans and gender-expansive kids. Seven years later, through an amazing partnership among Gender Spectrum, The Gender and Family Project of the Ackerman Institute and PFLAG, Gender Conference East came to Maryland in 2014. In 2015, the leadership has expanded to include Chase Brexton Health Care Services and FreeState Legal Project.
We are, first and foremost, a community of support.
The Friday Professional Symposium is focused on educators, mental health and other health professionals—any professional working with transgender and gender-expansive kids. In 2014, we expected 75 professionals; instead 150 joined us.
The Saturday Family and Youth day offers tracks for youth and workshops for parents; we expected 150 last year, and ended up serving 300 family members. We expect to grow this year, hosting 250 on the professional day and more than 400 on family day.
With greater media coverage and more visible role models, our children are coming to understand themselves more and more rapidly, and we are here, local to the east coast, ready to support them.
What parents and families said about Gender Conference East 2014.
“It was beyond words. My 10-year-old was not happy about going; he had never been around other children like himself. It was exactly what he needed. That night and in the following days, he would randomly comment about what a great day he had. I might even say it was the most positively impacting event in his life.”
“My son was in the teen conference and he loved every minute and made friends and got tons of information and learned a lot. He felt empowered.”
“It was a very welcoming and positive experience for us. It exceeded our expectations. We were very grateful for the daycare so the whole family could come.”
“I was able to share my fears, highs, lows and get feedback from parents having the same issues.”
“Thank you for coming together—three great organizations—and thank you for bringing this truly amazing conference to the east coast.”
What the professionals said about Gender Conference East 2014.
“I was transformed by the day, personally and professionally. I was particularly deeply grateful for the parents who were there. I loved the entire day and came home telling my coworkers that they should go next year.”
“When I looked at the list of speakers and their backgrounds and experience, and the schedule for the day, I was sure I wanted to be there. I came from Boston to be there.”
“I have been looking for pediatric gender training opportunities and they are few and far between.”
Learn more and get registered.
Visit www.genderconferenceeast.org to learn more, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Here's your chance!
Send your chapter stories to email@example.com. We'll share it here on the blog, and then elevate it on the PFLAG National Facebook page.
What are you waiting for? Send us your chapter stories today!
Friday, June 19, 2015
This year the chapter is handing out seven scholarships--a large rise since the first years, when they handed out two. The group leading the scholarship effort on the Scholarships Advisory Committee members are Chairperson Merry Overholser, Michael Clawson, Dr. Mary Frances Edens, Patricia Horner, Roger Hull, Vonda Kimrey-Jenkins and Carol Williams-Swoope.
The scholarships are each named after local advocates, pioneers, and people who made a different in the movement for equality. They include:
- The Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship, named in honor of Salisbury native Anne Stanback and her wife, Charlotte Kinlock;
- The Linda Ketner Community Service Scholarship, named in honor of Salisbury native Linda Ketner;
- The Bob Page-Dale Frederiksen Scholarship, named in honor of Bob Page, founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., and his life partner, Dale Frederiksen, both longtime supporters of PFLAG;
- The Founder’s Equality Scholarship, named in honor of Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG founder Mike Clawson;
- The Salisbury Pride-Scotty Ray Gilbert Scholarship, is named in memory of Scotty Ray Gilbert, a past board member of Salisbury Pride, Inc.;
- The Roger and Linda Hull Scholarship, created to honor the Hull’s gay son and awarded specifically to someone active in their faith community; and
- The Russell E. Hellekson, Jr. Scholarship, created in memory of the accomplished musician who died in 1988.
This year’s scholarship recipients will be recognized at the fifth annual Salisbury Pride celebration on June 20.
Congratulations to the recipients, and to the chapter for doing such a remarkable job of supporting young LGBTQ and ally scholars!
Friday, June 12, 2015
|Rep. Crowley announces legislation |
honoring Jeanne Manford
Reported over here at the Queens Gazette, Rep. Crowley was effusive in his praise of the Manfords:
“Today, their incredible legacy is evident more than ever as their spirits live on through the countless families they touched and through our own LGBT Pride Parade which brings our family, friends and neighbors together to celebrate our diversity. Each year, as our communities march along 37th Avenue and pause at the post office to reflect on the sacrifices made, Jeanne and Jules’ names will remind us of how far we’ve come and how much we have left to accomplish in our pursuit of equality and justice.”
Reflecting on the proposed legislation, Jules and Jeanne’s daughter Suzanne Manford Swan said, “They were both born and lived their entire lives in Queens. They loved it there and loved all Queens had to offer. They would be so pleased to have this post office named after them.”
New York State Assemblyman Moya commented, “Jeanne and Jules Manford revolutionized the gay rights movement by paving the way for greater acceptance. They showed the world that the path to acceptance begins at home. I commend Congressman Joe Crowley for his foresight in choosing to recognize the trailblazing Manford family for their contributions to Queens and the gay rights movement nationwide.”
PFLAG National offers its deepest gratitude to Rep. Crowley. Be sure to contact your state representatives and ask for their support on this symbolic measure. Check back with Focus on the Field to track its progress. This is one to watch!
Friday, June 5, 2015
|Beth Finder and Jill Aul. |
Credit: Beth Finder & Jill Aul
Reported over here at St. Louis Public Radio, Beth and Jill were tabling at Pride Fest St. Louis when they decided it was time for a Pride event in St. Charles. Puzzling over the lack of a Pride event in their home area, Beth asked Jill, “Is it because they were afraid of the backlash, that there really aren’t that many people who are accepting, other than those within their own social network that they have?” Jill and Beth knew there were LGBT people and supporters in relatively conservative St. Charles, and that a Pride event could bring them together.
St. Charles Pride included an opening ceremony, vendor booths, food trucks and St. Louis performers. The Balloon Brigade, a staple of St. Louis Pride Parade, participated. It connected those in rural areas to vital resources and support.
|The St. Louis Balloon Brigade. Credit: Cindy Betz.|
Jill reflects, “People who live more north and west of St. Charles, people who live in Lincoln County and Warren County and places like that, who may not be able to get downtown, we’re hoping it [was] helpful to them.”
Congrats on kicking off Pride Month in St. Charles! Here’s to a month full of advocating for and affirming our LGBT friends and families.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks is a Brazilian film about Leonardo, a blind teenager who is struggling for independence from adults helping him with his blindness and the freedom to explore his sexuality.
It sounds like a great film that touches on a complicated intersection of identity issues. Discussion was undoubtedly interesting and fruitful. Congrats PFLAG Omaha on a wonderful event!
Friday, May 22, 2015
Skyler will attend the University of Oklahoma at Edmond. Aryn will study art at the University of Oklahoma’s main campus.
Reflecting on the awards, PFLAG Norman’s spokesperson noted, "We were both encouraged and challenged by our scholarship recipients this year. Each student applauded the commitment of their teachers and Norman schools for awareness of LGBT issues but also identified a need for understanding...gender variance. If a student doesn't fit into a neat binary basis of gender, they're going to feel unsafe when a school system expects them to."
We congratulate Skyler and Aryn, and thank them for their courage to speak out and help us all push equality forward! All the best in your college careers.
Friday, May 15, 2015
PFLAG Greater Boston Honors Jason Collins, Congressman Kennedy, and 11 Deserving HS Seniors at Pride and Passion
|Jason Collins and Rep. Joe Kennedy III |
at Boston Pride. Credit: AP Press
Quoted over here at The Edge Media Network, PFLAG Greater Boston president Tom Bourdon reflected on honoring Collins and Congressman Kennedy, a member of the Equality Caucus on the Hill: “"The acceptance and mutual support between these men, and the work they have done changing hearts and minds, has helped to make environments safer for LGBTQ people, and makes them a no-brainer for PFLAG's honorees.”
Congressman Kennedy was Jason Collins’s roommate at Stanford University. Kennedy said, referencing University of Massachusetts student-athlete Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay Division 1 NCAA basketball player, “It is Gordon and Collins who really deserve the praise.” Gordon declared himself for the NBA draft after coming out publicly following his junior season. He also attended Pride and Passion on Tuesday night.
|Derrick Gordon. Credit: Ty Wright|
Gordon reflected, "Everyone is waiting to see if I get drafted. It's a lot of pressure, but I don't let it get to me.”
"What we need is more possibility models," said Collins, whom Gordon refers to as his big brother.
Congrats on a great event, Greater Boston PFLAG! And special congratulations to the eleven high school seniors awarded PFLAG scholarships! Do good work, and all the best in your future endeavors.
|The Boston 11 Receiving PFLAG Scholarships.|
Friday, May 8, 2015
The Dennis Hostetler SAGE Advocate Award commemorates advocates over the age of 50 who have significantly contributed to the cause of LGBT equality in St. Louis and its surrounding counties. “[Jill and Bill’s] work through PFLAG St. Charles and the first ever St. Charles Pride is a true inspiration,” Sherrill Wayland of SAGE Metro wrote by email. “[They] are making a difference in the region for LGBT equality.”
Pride St. Louis bestows the Jim Hoefer Award to an organization that excellently demonstrates service to St. Louis’ LGBT Community. By email, Dennis Grog of Pride St. Louis said, “It is with great pride...that Pride St. Louis has selected PFLAG St. Charles as this year’s Jim Hoefer Award!”
While Jill is “thrilled and humbled” by the recognition her chapter is receiving, she is staying focused. “For the very first time, our PFLAG chapter is planning a Pride festival in our county (St. Charles county, MO) and it has gotten a LOT of local attention,” she said by email. “We’ve been on TV, in the newspaper, radio, etc. Our vision of a small family picnic has mushroomed into a huge, full scale Pride festival.”
Stay focused and have a good festival-- but be sure to take some time to celebrate! PFLAG National congratulates Jill Aul, her partner Bill, and all members of PFLAG St. Charles on two well-deserved awards. Thank you for your advocacy for and affirmation of our LGBT friends and family!
Friday, May 1, 2015
Quoted over at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, SDHDF board president Drew Jack is looking forward to the collaboration. “We’re excited to be taking our partnership with PFLAG SDC to a new level this year,” Drew said. “Collaboration between organizations with co-equal goals is the way to go.”
Those interested in attending can purchase tickets here. They are $50 each. Eight-person tables are available for $400. PFLAG National congratulates PFLAG San Diego County and San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. Here’s to a lasting and successful partnership!
Friday, April 24, 2015
|Roberta Frasier Anderson, 1975|
Anderson was a Family Life specialist for the Extension Service at Oregon State University from 1959-1974. She received the first Osborne teaching award and the Superior Service Award from the USDA. Anderson's focuses included child development, aging, and communications within families.
Details about the scholarship were reported over here at the East Oregonian. The $500 scholarship can be used by the winning senior at any college institution of higher education. Interested seniors may obtain an application at the ASPIRE Program Office in the Pendleton High School Counseling Center, or call Shari Dallas at 541-276-9622. The deadline is May 1, 2015.
PFLAG National joins PFLAG Pendleton in celebrating Roberta’s life and work to ensure social equality for our LGBTQ friends and family members. Thank you, PFLAG Pendleton, for putting together this worthy scholarship, and good luck to all applying Pendleton High School seniors!
Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
In honor of National Black History Month, PFLAGers presented video clips of interviews with Black LGBTQ elders. Around the room, posters displayed the timeline of Oregon’s Black LGBTQ History.
Reported by George T. Nicola over here at PQ Monthly, “Award winning graphics designer Rupert Kinnard created much of the printed content. Also helping facilitate the content were GLAPN President Robin Will and GLAPN videographer Daniel Spiro.”
Check out great clips of PFLAGers interviewing Black LGBTQ elders. They can be viewed here.
PFLAG National extends its gratitude to PFLAG Portland Black Chapter’s coordinator, Khalil Edwards, for organizing this great event. By all accounts, it was a successful and educational evening!
Friday, April 3, 2015
SUPPORT, EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY by Abby Maisonave
PFLAG (Parents, Family, Friends and Allies United with LGBT People to Move Equality Forward) has over 350 chapters in the U.S.
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy.
Jersey Shore PFLAG, founded in 2004, is the local chapter for Monmouth and Ocean counties, although there are six PFLAG chapters in New Jersey.
JS PFLAG hosts three monthly support meetings that are strictly confidential, nonjudgmental, and offer peer-to-peer support: Toms River (second Wednesday of the month), for LGBTQ individuals and their parents and supporters; Shrewsbury (second Monday of the month), for parents and family members of LGBTQ individuals; and Shrewsbury Transgender/Transfamilies (third Monday of the month), for transgender and gender nonconfirming individuals and their families.
We also have a helpline (908-814-2155) for those who may prefer to talk confidentially prior to coming to a meeting.
Our goal is keeping families together and providing a safe, warm and comforting environment for those who don't know where else to turn, and to be able to speak openly and honestly without fear of being judged or shamed.
Who better to understand you thanomeone who has gone through what you are dealing with?
PFLAG board members and facilitators are all dedicated volunteers. We do this because we are passionate about helping people and the LGBTQ community.
When we hear someone say something derogatory or hateful about someone who is LGBTQ, we take it personally because you are talking about someone we care about and love. And we hope that the information and the support you receive from us at our meetings will enable you to take that back to your family, to your community, and educate others.
In addition to providing support for families who may be struggling when finding out a loved one is LGBTQ, JS PFLAG also offers support for those struggling to come out, or who have and are encountering difficulties with family, in school, or the work place.
We provide in-service training in the workplace, and do numerous speaking engagements in schools (from kindergarten to post-graduate) with staff, students and Gay Straight Alliances. We also speak to medical professionals dealing with LGBT patients.
Very often a person will come to PFLAG with questions about faith and having an LGBTQ loved one. Although we are not affiliated with any religion, we can help provide support and resources.
Straight allies are welcome in the chapter, as they are the voices for those that sometimes cannot speak up for various reasons out in the community.
JS PFLAG is proud to have been the recipient of a 2014 Resolution by the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey; the recipient of a 2014 Wells Fargo Community Connection Program Grant; and a 2012 Humanitarian Award by the American Conference on Diversity.
We have done workshops for the Association of Student Assistance Professionals for many years, as well as a workshop for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians. JS PFLAG co-sponsors many programs with the Central Jersey chapter of Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Ocean County Human Relations Commission. We also have co-sponsored programs with both the Monmouth and Ocean County libraries.
Every year, we take part in community events, including the Pride festival in Asbury Park, and the New Jersey Gay Straight Alliance Forum, presented by GLSEN-Central New Jersey and the Princeton-based HiTOPS.
PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford and
her son Morty marching in 1972
New York City Pride parade. (Photo:
There is nothing more gratifying or validating than when an individual or family tells us how much we've helped them when they were overwhelmed with finding out that their loved one was LGB or T. Or hearing a teacher or physician say "I never thought about it from that perspective."
At the end of the day, it's still your child, your spouse, your friend. And they need your unconditional love and support.
Friday, March 27, 2015
This year, PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire inaugurates the Eric Collins Memorial Award to commemorate his life and work. A $250 stipend will be awarded to one senior from Franklin County and another from Hampshire County. These scholarships aim to foster continuing support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQI youth.
Graduating high school seniors in both Franklin and Hampshire Counties who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or an ally are eligible. Applicants should demonstrate strong support of LGBTQI individuals through community work. Seniors can obtain applications (due April 1st) from their high school guidance counselors or by contacting PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire at PFLAGFHC@gmail.com.
PFLAG National extends its gratitude to PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire for founding the Eric Collins Memorial Award. Best of luck to Massachusetts seniors applying for a worthy scholarship.