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History of PFLAG

The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York's Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today's Pride parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting occurred on March 11, 1973, at the Metropolitan-Duane Methodist Church in Greenwich Village (now the Church of the Village). Approximately 20 people attended.

In the next years, similar groups sprang up around the country through word of mouth and community need, offering "safe havens" and mutual support for parents with gay and lesbian children. Following the 1979 National March for Gay and Lesbian Rights, representatives from these groups met for the first time in Washington, DC.

By 1980, PFLAG, then known as Parents FLAG, began distributing information to educational institutions and communities of faith nationwide, establishing itself as a source of information for the general public. When "Dear Abby" mentioned PFLAG in one of her advice columns, we received more than 7,000 letters requesting information. In 1981, members decided to launch a national organization. The first PFLAG National office was established in Los Angeles under founding president–and PFLAG LA founder–Adele Starr.

Learn more on PFLAG's national website.


  • Is PFLAG an acronym?
    Not any more. In 2014, the organization officially changed its name from “Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays” to, simply, PFLAG. This change was made to accurately reflect PFLAG members, those that PFLAG serves, and the inclusive work PFLAG has been doing for decades.
  • Does PFLAG Rome offer in-person support?
    Yes! PFLAG Rome offers in-person support meetings monthly for teens (13-17) and adults (18+). All support meetings are hosted by trained PFLAG facilitators.
  • How can I get Involved in PFLAG Rome?
    You can become a member, attend our meetings, volunteer your time, make a donation, or any combination of the above. Even if you’re not sure that you need PFLAG Rome, remember that PFLAG Rome NEEDS YOU!
  • Where does PFLAG Rome obtain money to operate?
    The chapter relies primarily on membership dues, donations and grants.
  • Are There Other PFLAG Chapters in Georgia?
    Yes, there are many other PFLAG Chapters in Georgia. For a complete list, please visit the PFLAG National Site.
  • Is PFLAG Rome associated with a particular faith tradition?
    We are not affiliated with any religion or faith community, but often partner with supportive and affirmative faith communities.
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