Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

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Headquarters Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Founded: 1980


Mission: PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.


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Story: 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… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has a deep history of providing needed support and resources to youth, families, and others they serve in the LGBT community. They have built a strong reputation within the community and the media as a “go-to” organization in LGBT equality. The organization is also engaging the business community to ensure cultural competency and safe, welcoming workplaces.
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Leadership
Parents-families-and-friends-of-lesbians-and-gays-pflag Jody Huckaby. Jody Huckaby has been the Executive Director of PFLAG National since February of 2005. He has been a nonprofit executive for 15 years, serving as Executive Director of the Washington Humane Society in Washington, DC, New Mexico AIDS Services in Albuquerque, and the Bering/Omega Community Foundation in Houston. He served as a member of the board of directors of AIDS… See full bio.


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Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 2stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$2,072,647


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT pflag.org
Phone:
(202) 467-8180
Facebook:
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Address:
1828 L Street, NW Suite 660
 
Washington, D.C., USA
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Parents-families-and-friends-of-lesbians-and-gays-pflag Story: 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 took place in 1973 at a local church. Approximately 20 people attended.

In the next years, through word of mouth and community need, similar groups sprang up around the country, 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 to distribute 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 office was established in Los Angeles under founding president Adele Starr.

In 1982, the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., then representing some 20 groups, was incorporated in California and granted non-profit, tax-exempt status. In 1987, PFLAG relocated to Denver, under President Elinor Lewallen. Also in the 1980s, PFLAG became involved in opposing Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade and worked to end the U.S. military’s efforts to discharge lesbians—more than a decade before military issues came to the forefront of the GLBT movement. And by the late 1980s, PFLAG began to have notable success in organizing chapters in rural communities.

In 1990, following a period of significant growth, PFLAG employed an Executive Director, expanded its staff, and moved to Washington, DC. Also in 1990, PFLAG President Paulette Goodman sent a letter to Barbara Bush asking for Mrs. Bush’s support. The first lady’s personal reply stated, “I firmly believe that we cannot tolerate discrimination against any individuals or groups in our country. Such treatment always brings with it pain and perpetuates intolerance.” Inadvertently given to the Associated Press, her comments caused a political maelstrom and were perhaps the first gay-positive comments to come from the White House.

In the early 1990s, PFLAG chapters in Massachusetts helped pass the first Safe Schools legislation in the country. In 1993, PFLAG added the word "Families" to the name, and added bisexual people to its mission and work. By the mid-1990s a PFLAG family was responsible for the Department of Education’s ruling that Title 9 also protected gay and lesbian students from harassment based on sexual orientation. PFLAG put the Religious Right on the defensive, when Pat Robertson threatened to sue any station that carried the Project Open Mind advertisements. The resulting media coverage drew national attention to PFLAG's message linking hate speech with hate crimes and LGBT teen suicide. In 1998, PFLAG added transgender people to its mission.

At the turn of the century, PFLAG began to develop nationally coordinated programs in order to better focus the grassroots network. Programs like Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All, Straight for Equality, the National Scholarship Program, Bringing the Message Home, and Welcoming Faith Communities are already showing results.

Expert Reviews of Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has a deep history of providing needed support and resources to youth, families, and others they serve in the LGBT community. They have built a strong reputation within the community and the media as a “go-to” organization in LGBT equality. The organization is also engaging the business community to ensure cultural competency and safe, welcoming workplaces.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Experts note that PFLAG is an excellent collaborator. They are always ready to engage with local organizations. The organizational structure of numerous local chapters works well for the organization. These local chapters are essential in pushing the mission forward and making local connections. PFLAG’s leadership is also quite strong.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) could improve on their collaborations by seeking out more opportunities to connect with national organizations. They could also greatly improve their website. As it stands, the website is difficult to navigate and lacks content.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Powerful Support

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PFLAG invaluably aids families of queer youth to accept their children and provides support groups for them.
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PFLAG is a very empowering group for their members and the youth and others they assist.

Great Reputation

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They have done continuous services for decades, they update materials regularly, distribute information, and conduct campaigns effectively.
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PFLAG has placed itself as a household name when it comes to LGBT issues. Their name is always mentioned in the media and a spokesperson is featured during any controversial issue. It was one of the first organizations to work with parents and families of LGBT directly. They have done a stellar job at maintaining their position nationally as the "go-to" organization.

Corporate Training

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PFLAG is doing outstanding outreach into the mainstream and allied corporate community through its Straight for Equality program. They are educating the corporate workforce in LGBT cultural competency and making the workplace a safer and more welcoming place for LGBT workers.


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Great Collaboration

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PFLAG is always willing to work with other organizations. Sometimes the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau partners with the local PFLAG chapter on speaking engagements.

Organizational Structure

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Their use of local groups is a smart way to implement the organization's mission.
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They have a strong national and local structure.

Strong Leadership

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Leadership-wise I feel like their strength is keeping their reps in the spotlight. The additional strength is their research and resources, which they make readily available to community members on their web page.
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Their current executive leadership brings many years of proven leadership to the LGBT movement and has a team of dedicated and talented staff.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Website Improvements

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I would like to see PFLAG strengthen their presence on the web. Their site is lacking and very dismal. If I didn't know what I was searching for I would not be able to navigate the page.

Improve Collaboration

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Although they value collaboration, I'm not sure that they always take the time to include other national organizations in work that could benefit a wider spectrum of the community.


Leadership

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Jody Huckaby
Executive Director
Jody Huckaby has been the Executive Director of PFLAG National since February of 2005. He has been a nonprofit executive for 15 years, serving as Executive Director of the Washington Humane Society in Washington, DC, New Mexico AIDS Services in Albuquerque, and the Bering/Omega Community Foundation in Houston. He served as a member of the board of directors of AIDS Action in DC, and in that capacity, he facilitated LGBT grassroots organizing and public policy development on HIV issues, housing, health care and research. Jody holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Dallas and has done graduate work in theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Chicago. Jody brings a unique family perspective to the role of Executive Director of PFLAG because he is gay and has three gay siblings and four straight siblings. During his time with PFLAG, he has become a visible spokesperson on issues impacting LGBT families and allies, appearing on Oprah and being quoted in national news outlets such as Newsweek, ABC News and in the Associated Press.

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