PFLAG Olympia

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Industry Non-Profit
Occupation Support, Advocacy, Education
Location Olympia, Washington, United States
Introduction Our History: In 1972 Jeanne Manford marched with her son Mortie in New York’s Gay Pride Parade, enraged that her son had been beaten at a gay rights protest two months before while police did nothing. She carried a sign that said, “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of Our Children.” After many gay and lesbian people ran up to her and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place in March 1973. Approximately 20 people attended. By 1980 Parents FLAG, began to distribute information nationwide and established itself as a resource for the general public. In 1981, members decided to launch PFLAG as a national organization. In 1998 PFLAG members voted to include transgendered people in its mission statement and the bylaws were changed to read: “To promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons...” Now PFLAG includes more than 500 chapters and over 200,000 members in the United States and abroad. PFLAG-Olympia was formed in 1993 and welcomes all allies - straight and GLBTQ. Our chapter's monthly attendance typically has an equal number of both.