What is PFLAG?

“PFLAG” is Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  Through this website we want to create a medium for communities and individuals to communicate and education organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies. With 200,000 members and supporters, and local affiliates in more than 350 communities across theU.S.and abroad, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind. PFLAG is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

 What does PFLAG do?

PFLAG consist of organisations and individuals who  supports LGBT people, their families and friends locally and nationally by providing PFLAG support meetings and resources.  PFLAG also educates families and communities on sexual orientation, gender identity and LGBT issues.  Local PFLAG educate their communities through a variety of projects while PFLAG National continues to provide fair and accurate information about LGBT people, their loved ones, and the unique challenges they face.  PFLAG also advocates for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on local, state, and national levels.

 What are PFLAG‘s top priorities?

As an organization that believes that change happens on the grassroots level in local communities, it is PFLAG’s number one priority to support the work of local affiliates.  We do this by providing affiliates with nationally produced resources and the guidance, time and expertise of our national staff. PFLAG’s top priorities also include working for safe schools for all students and working to build and support models of inclusion to make PFLAG and our work relevant for all diverse communities.  PFLAG works to ensure equal civil rights and protections for LGBT people and works to help make faith communities more welcoming.

 Where is PFLAG?

This website form part of a medium to connect organisations and individuals in South Africa to form local support groups. We also planning on offer support and resources in the near future with the help of our members to our communities. We kindly request that excising organisations and individuals who want to become part of this new and exciting project to register with us.  Advantages of registering with us:

  • Free listing of your contact details on our website
  • Form part of a community network with possible resources and contacts through our database
  • Receive updates on future activities and resources available.
  • Open discussion forum

When was PFLAG started?

PFLAG’s first meeting was held in 1973. By 1979 PFLAG chapters had formed across the country.  In 1981 PFLAG became the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and in 1982 PFLAG became incorporated as a national organization.  See PFLAG’s history by clicking here.

 Who are PFLAG‘s members?

Our members come from all walks of life. We are straight, we are gay and we are bisexual. We are transgender.  We are moms and dads, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, children and allies. We come from large cities and small towns.  We live in rural areas. We are people of color. We come from all economic backgrounds. We come from all faith traditions. We are disabled. We are youth and we are elderly. Our membership and our leadership are diverse, but what we have in common is our commitment to grow beyond false and harmful perceptions of LGBT people, to educate our communities, and to stand up for full equal rights and protections for LGBT people.

 How can I get involved in PFLAG?

Everyone who shares PFLAG’s vision is welcome to join us in our work. You can join PFLAG as a member at no cost. We do not accept donations at this stage. All expenses are funded from the individuals.  Even if you’re not sure that you need PFLAG, remember that PFLAG NEEDS YOU!

Who started PFLAG in South Africa?

This website and resources were donated by www.IAmGay.co.za as a initiative for PFLAG Members to get involved and to lead the future in South Africa. We currently also sponsoring 4 Pride Websites and are actively involved projects in the GLBT Community. We created the medium for you to communicate through and recruiting members to run this process on a national and regional level in South Africa.