Are you questioning your sexual orientation and wondering if you might be gay? It’s completely normal to have questions about your identity, and it’s important to remember that only you can determine who you are.
If you’re looking for support and guidance as you explore your identity, one of the best resources you might consider is reaching out to a PFLAG chapter. PFLAG is an organization that offers support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, and allies. By connecting with us or your local PFLAG chapter, you can talk to other parents and LGBTQ+ people who have gone through similar experiences and can offer support and advice.
PFLAG can be one of the best resources if you’re thinking about coming out to your parents/family. We can help you learn the best way to share your identity with your family and understand how this impacts you and those you love.
If you’re not ready to attend an in-person meeting or if you’re concerned about being outed, many PFLAG chapters also offer virtual support meetings where you can remain anonymous. This can be a great way to connect with others and find support from the comfort of your own home.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s journey is different, and there is no one “right” way to be gay. What matters most is that you feel comfortable and confident in who you are. If you’re not sure where to start, reaching out to a supportive community like PFLAG can be a great first step.
Remember, you are not alone! There are many people out there who are willing to listen and support you as you explore your identity. Don’t be afraid to reach out and contact us for help – it could make all the difference.
Thanks to everyone who supported PFLAG Greater Orlando during Pride Month! It was a huge success for LGBTQ+ people, family members, allies, and everyone who supports love, diversity, and equality.
Our dedicated, hard-working volunteers participated in a variety of positive, uplifting community outreach events. Overwhelmingly, their experiences show that our local LGBTQ+ community is thriving despite the misguided efforts of an uninformed minority.
As we do every month, PFLAG Greater Orlando held three support meetings during Pride Month.
June 6 (first Tuesday of the month) from 7pm-9pm in Longwood at the Longwood Hills Congregational Church
June 8 (second Thursday of the month) from 6:30pm-8:30pm in West Orlando at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
June 21 (third Wednesday of the month) from 7pm-9pm in Downtown Orlando at First United Methodist Church of Downtown Orlando
Thanks to everyone who attended to share their stories, offer support to others, and continue building a strong community for all of us. If you haven’t been to a support meeting yet, we’d love to have you! This key part of PFLAG’s work allows each attendee to share their story in a confidential setting and support others who may be struggling.
Kendra Scott Jewelry Fundraiser
On Saturday, June 10, Kendra Scott Jewelry held a fundraiser in support of PFLAG Greater Orlando. It encompassed stores throughout Orlando and other parts of Florida, including at the Mall at Millenia, Disney Springs, Miami Brickell, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens.
A huge thanks to Kendra Scott – they’ve been a long time supporter of our organization! And to Ann, our dedicated board member who always does plenty of (her husband might say “too much”) jewelry shopping during our fundraiser.
Orlando City and Orlando Pride Soccer Games
On Saturday, June 10, PFLAG Greater Orlando participated in Orlando City’s Pride Month activities. Despite some uncooperative weather, our volunteer team was still able to do important community outreach, share information, give out Pride swag, and collect generous donations.
On Sunday, June 11, two of our members attended the Orlando Pride game. The atmosphere was amazing! Thanks to both the Orlando City and Orlando Pride teams for putting on such enjoyable Pride Month events. We were thrilled to be invited!
The Orlando LGBTQ+ community was forever impacted by the horrific massacre at Pulse on June 12, 2016. Many of our chapter members and board members were moved to do more to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community as a result of that tragedy and in honor of the 49 lives lost.
With our message of love, acceptance, and support, PFLAG Greater Orlando contributes to making the world a safer place for everyone, especially those in and allied with the LGBTQ+ community.
Lake County Pride
Sadly, the inaugural Lake County Pride celebration in Tavares had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Our volunteer team was ready to participate and very disappointed by the last minute cancellation. We hope the event can be rescheduled and look forward to seeing you there!
Sunset at the Zoo
Many thanks to the Central Florida Zoo for inviting us to their Sunset at the Zoo event during Pride Month! The turnout was excellent and we loved meeting so many enthusiastic members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.
We’re going to have to get more swag – our booth was so busy that we nearly ran out of stickers and buttons! Special thanks to Richard Glover, Central Florida Zoo’s CEO, who made us feel very welcome. We look forward to partnering with them again soon!
Speak from the Heart at Winter Park Library
Our volunteer team enjoyed the Speak from the Heart event at the Winter Park Library. This all ages celebration of LGBTQ+ identity and culture was a great opportunity to inform the community about PFLAG, reach out to local families, and support our public libraries.
Thanks for All Your Support During June
Pride Month reminds us to be proud to be ourselves, embrace our identities, and be there for others on their path towards authenticity. What started many years ago as a protest has evolved into a beautiful outpouring of support from people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities.
Thank to you everyone who came up to us at a Pride event, attended a support meeting, and otherwise backed PFLAG during June!
HBO’s“WE’RE HERE” SEASON 3 PREMIERES NOVEMBER 25, 2022
Episode 1 of Season 3 will be a special two-hour episode that will include our very own Jara family’s story, as well as some clips of our goPFLAG Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pickup event on April 24, 2022.
Our surprised volunteers had the pleasure of meeting Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley. The cast was very thankful our chapter exists and enjoyed being a part of our community service event.
Greater Orlando PFLAG is proud to announce our second Charity Bingo Fundraiser at Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in downtown Orlando. Come join us for food, fellowship, bingo, fun, and a fabulous silent auction!
Seating is limited, so we recommend calling Hamburger Mary’s Orlando ASAP at (321) 319-0600 to book your reservation ASAP. NOTE: When calling, ask to book your table for the Charity Bingo event on 10/20/2022; the hostess may not know the event by any other name.
For the latest up-to-date information and/or to add this event to your personal calendar, please visit the related calendar event link below: https://gopflag.org/#event=73510297
Greater Orlando PFLAG’s Orange Vest Crew tackled Adopt-A-Highway on April 24, 2022.
Thanks to all the volunteers and a surprise visit from the HBO Max “We’re Here” cast and crew! Our own Jara family was selected to be on the show and brought the show to our goPFLAG community service event. We had the pleasure of meeting Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley. They were thankful our chapter exists and to be a part of our event. Look for the Florida footage and stories in the special two-hour Episode 1 of Season 3, which will release later this year. We are grateful for this opportunity to get the word out about PFLAG and who we are.
No voice is more powerful or persuasive than that of a PFLAG member or supporter. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+), and their parents, families, friends, and allies, know firsthand the impact of discriminatory laws.
Greater Orlando PFLAG works to support LGBTQ+ kids and help ensure their families are legally protected from discrimination, harassment, and harm in all settings.
Across the country, hundreds of anti-trans bills are under consideration in state legislatures. “Medical bans” criminalize treating a transgender child under the age of 18, imposing penalties on parents and health care providers. Families need to be free to access care that is in their child’s best interest. Last year, we saw Florida legislators pass laws that hurt working families and punish trans kids. On September 27, 2021, Rep. Anthony Sabatini filed legislation 456.0335 Vulnerable Child Protection Actthat could prosecute doctors who perform gender-affirming surgeries and hormone reassignment treatment on transgender children.
goPFLAG is joining Equality Florida at their 2022 Lobby Days Program in Tallahassee, FL, where you will have the chance to meet with your lawmakers and make a difference!
We will travel to Tallahassee and meet with lawmakers to hold them accountable and fight for pro-equality legislation! Not only are we advocating for LGBTQ rights, but also for rights and justice for all marginalized communities. With a Trans Youth Medical Care Ban Bill filed, we know we must do everything we can to fight against these attacks.
Dates: Monday and Tuesday, February 7 and 8, 2022
Location: Florida Capitol, 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32399
Greater Orlando PFLAG’s volunteers spent the weekend hosting a tent at Fall Fiesta in the Park, at Lake Eola. Our tent was located near the same location that we had during Come Out with Pride last month. This was our first time hosting a table at a non-LGBTQ related public event. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of interest and appreciation we received from guests. Some people donated before they even knew what PFLAG was all about!
It was a great experience. Some family members shared their stories, some parents encouraged their LGBTQ-curious child to pick the LGBTQ flag they liked. In at least two cases, we think the parent suspected their child is possibly LGBTQ+ and in both cases, they chose the bisexual flag. Many children and adults had lots of questions too. For the first time in a long while, we finally feel we’re connecting to the right folks who need our services.
We look forward to participating in this event in the future Fall and Spring seasons. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity for more volunteers to be involved and share this wonderful experience. Also, many thanks to the following volunteers who made this event happen: Jerry, Debbie, Susan, Barnett, Greg, Sue, Tom, Ann, Lupe. I cannot thank you all enough; you are a wonderful team.
You may or may not have noticed, but we’ve been making some backend changes to our pflagorlando.org domain and website. We’ve decided to purchase the new domain name of goPFLAG.org, which stands for Greater Orlando PFLAG. This is a better fit as we’ve expanded our meeting locations to 2 new satellite sites. Both domains now point to the same website hosting and DNS providers. We’ve also fully migrated to a new and secure cloud hosting service. Your feedback is welcome and we hope you enjoy these new changes.
“On June 12, 2016, the lives of 49 people were taken by brutal, hate-fueled violence at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. These individuals had parents and families, friends and neighbors who loved them, and who miss them, and now in 2021, Congress has voted to ensure this country will not forget them,” said Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National. “PFLAG National pledged then to continue working against bias-based violence and in support of policies that protect LGBTQ+ people from hatred, harassment, and harm. The National Monument recognizing the massacre of LGBTQ+ people at the Pulse Nightclub is a call to action, reminding us all that the work must continue.” “Five years ago, I held the shoulders of sobbing parents and other survivors. I lit candles in vigil with friends and watched the crowd at the memorial grow from a handful to thousands across cultures and faiths, united by grief and searching for solace. I did what I could, as a Latino transgender compadre, for my brothers, sisters, and siblings in Orlando and Kissimmee where most Pulse patrons lived,” said Diego M. Sanchez, APR, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Partnerships for PFLAG National. Sanchez continued, “The 49 people murdered at Pulse lived at a dangerous intersection of discrimination: For who they were, who they loved, and for their families’ roots. In most communities, if an intersection is dangerous, stop signs, stoplights, speed bumps, and other mitigations are placed to save lives. In this country, the intersection of discrimination continues to take lives, nearly unabated, because endangering LGBTQ+ people continues to be legal in much of the country. The memory of these 49 people demands to be honored with action and equality, as the law of the land and in the hearts and minds of all who live in this country.”