Is PFLAG only for parents of LGBTQ+ children? Are LGBTQ+ persons welcome at PFLAG meetings?

This is a common misconception for the few LGBTQ people who have heard of PFLAG. Our support meetings are open to everyone. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are especially welcome because your story of struggle, shame, and discovery of your true self can help non-LGBTQ attendees (parents, family, friends, and allies) understand their LGBTQ loved one(s).

Where can I find literature?

PFLAG publishes a wide variety of literature that is available online via  Booklets & Handouts or we have printed copies available at our free monthly Support Meetings.

What is PFLAG?

We are a group of parents, families, friends, allies, and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or pansexual) people. We are a national support, education, and advocacy organization for LGBTQ people. With more than 200,000 members in more than 500 communities across the United States and abroad, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind. PFLAG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

What does LGBTQ stand for?

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, or Questioning. Sometimes it appears only as LGBT or GLBT, and sometimes as LGBTQIA, with the “I” for Intersex and the “A” for Asexual.

Is sexual orientation a choice?

No. Professional mental health organizations, including the American Psychological Association, have issued statements explaining that sexual orientation is not a choice and cannot be changed or cured.

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