PFLAG National

PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ+ community.

aka PFLAG National   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.pflag.org

Mission

Vision: PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Mission: Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families, united with LGBTQ people and allies, who support one another, as well as educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Brian K. Bond

Main address

1625 K Street NW Suite 700

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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Formerly known as

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

EIN

95-3750694

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Though marriage equality was achieved in 2015, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have not achieved full and equal rights in all 50 states and its territories. According to the National LGBTQ Task Force, twenty-nine states lack anti-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no federal law protecting access to employment, housing and public accommodation, like hotels or restaurants, for LGBTQ+ people. Violence against the LGBTQ+ community is increasing at an alarming rate: FBI statistics show that in 2017, reported hate crimes increased by 17 percent over the previous year. LGBTQ+ people are more likely to lack access to affordable health care than the population at large. And the vast majority of LGBTQ+ students have experienced harassment or assault based on their sexual orientation, gender expression, gender, religion, race and ethnicity, and disability.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe Schools for All

For the 9 out of 10 LGBTQ students who experience some form of mistreatment in school, education can be a frightening experience. It’s incumbent upon parents, families, friends, and allies to make schools safer for all students. PFLAG chapters work directly with schools and stakeholders in their communities, providing support, resources, training, creative programs, and even model policy to create an environment of respect. Our umbrella program to support their efforts, work with our national partners and raise visibility of the issues facing LGBTQ youth in learning environments is our Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All program, with its supporting publication. Our advocacy work at the federal, state and local levels are an integral part as well. All of this work is designed to reinforce and support the work done by our local chapters to ensure that we all create and support learning environments that help all students find educational success.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Children and youth

Straight for Equality is an outreach and education project that empowers straight people in supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender (GLBT) people.  This project reaches out to straight allies who may not have realized how their own contribution can make a significant difference.  It also seeks allies who understand the importance of this goal but may be hesitant to get involved. 

Straight for Equality's objectives are to a) invite allies into the community, b) educate people about what it means to be an ally, and c) engage allies by showing them how to create positive change, in big and/or small ways, to move equality forward.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists

PFLAG National's largest program is supporting its network of more than 400 chapters, which crosses nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. From publications to online learning programs, to advocacy support and media training, these are just a small sample of the many ways in which PFLAG National reinforces the efforts of this massive grassroots movement of passionate volunteers in communities across the United States.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Families

PFLAG Academy Online brings free, monthly, PFLAG members-only learning sessions right to your computer screen. Benefit from PFLAG’s diverse learning options, informed staff, great guests, and input from other participants---all without leaving home. All you need is a computer (or mobile device) and the drive to move equality forward.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Awards

GLMA Achievement Award 2000

Gay Lesbian Medical Association

Renaissance Award 2000

Board of Directors

N/A 1994

Dallas/Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner Committee

Benjamin & Company Award 1999

Benjamin & Company

Humantarian Award 1995

Human Rights Campaign Fund

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Sexual identity, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Chapter Network Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PFLAG National has 400 local chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PFLAG’s theory of change posits that if more people understand LGBTQ+ inclusion and fully affirm their LGBTQ+ family members, friends, and co-workers, then equality for LGBTQ+ people will improve. A study from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University confirms that "Family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status; it also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors.” With nearly nine-in-ten people claiming that they personally know someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, PFLAG has a goal of expanding the conversation by inviting, educating and engaging new people in this conversation about how LGBTQ+ equality impacts and improves life for all.

Since 1973, PFLAG has played a unique role in the equality movement, fueled by the powerful combination of family and ally voices, joined with LGBTQ+ voices, to call for the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people both legally and culturally.

PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ+ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ+ people.

The strategies PFLAG National employs to achieve these goals fall into three areas of activities: support, education, and advocacy.

Support: PFLAG National develops and helps grow 400+ local chapters in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These peer-to-peer support groups provide resources for LGBTQ+ people who are coming out, family members who want to support a loved one coming out, and allies who want to support their LGBTQ+ friends or coworkers. PFLAG National provides a variety of support services to its chapters, including assisting in the establishment of new chapters; training leaders in person at regional and state events and through educational webinars through the PFLAG Academy Online program; and providing one-on-one assistance by phone and online with chapter onboarding, membership growth, and chapter challenges. With bullying and hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people on the rise, and an increase in LGBTQ+ youth suicide and homelessness, PFLAG's resources in support of family acceptance and allyship help save lives.

Education: Greater access to education increases LGBTQ+ acceptance and awareness of the discrimination LGBTQ+ people face. Communities nearly void of resources for LGBTQ+ people and their families and allies seek PFLAG National’s educational publications such as guide to being a trans ally, Faith in Our Families, and Cultivating Respect, among others. PFLAG’s education sessions and publications through its program, Straight for Equality, and webinar program, PFLAG Academy Online, are continuously evolving, taking into account the latest research, the changing landscape of legal protections for LGBTQ+ employees and their families, and the emerging best practices in the workplace.

Straight for Equality in the Workplace offers more than fifteen workplace education courses at beginner and advanced levels that engage and cultivate allies, as well as those that focus on transgender and gender identity equality. The program provides a wide-ranging perspective on LGBTQ+-ally workplace equality, improves the workplace climate, has a positive effect on workplace effectiveness, and deepens internal working relationships with national partners.

Advocacy: Full legal protections against discrimination and harassment are needed so that people who are LGBTQ+ are safe and equal in their communities. PFLAG National advocates at the local, state, and federal levels to achieve equality through changing hearts, minds, and laws. PFLAG National helps draft legislation, mobilize constituents, and provides testimony in support of legislation. PFLAG serves in numerous national coalitions and holds leadership roles in others, including the Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition and the Equality Act Coalition. PFLAG also develops policy guides and advocacy toolkits to support the advocacy work of PFLAGers everywhere.

PFLAG National employs 20 full-time staffers in Washington, DC, Portland, OR, and the Los Angeles, CA, area with a collective 40+ years of expertise in education, advocacy, communications, development, and management. PFLAG National is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors, responsible for setting PFLAG’s strategic vision, and organized by thirteen regions led by a volunteer Regional Director, who assists in all aspects of chapter development. With over 250,000 members and supporters across the United States and over 400 chapters in nearly all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization with a history of wins in the fight for equality. PFLAG National works and partners with nearly 100 major corporations every year to support increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. PFLAG National also partners with national and local nonprofits such as Advocates for Youth, GLSEN, Gender Spectrum, NAACP, National Center for Transgender Equality, Trevor Project, and more on various projects to achieve common goals.

In the course of its over 48-year history, PFLAG has transformed values and practices for raising LGBTQ+ children. In 1973, the year the organization was founded, disownment of LGBTQ+ people was commonplace, parents regularly subjected their children to therapies that included electroshock and so-called “religious treatments,” and schools expelled and punished LGBTQ+ students as they experienced bullying, discrimination, and harassment.

Today, the gold standard advocated by PFLAG parents and families, and set forth by pediatricians and therapists, is to affirm and support LGBTQ+ people’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. We continue to build on our success at the local and state level to end discredited “conversion” therapies. School systems are following PFLAG best practices for serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-binary students, and often engaging PFLAG chapters to provide training for teachers, administrators, and district leaders.

PFLAG has played a critical role in achieving marriage equality, providing critical leverage for local, state, and national wins on marriage, including a friend-of-the-court brief to the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that won the nationwide freedom to marry. Attempts to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people n 2018, PFLAG parent Debra Munn and her son Charlie took their case all the way to the Supreme Court in Charlie Craig v. Masterpiece Cakeshop; on the steps of the Supreme Court, Debra said, “PFLAG saved our family 15 years ago. We wouldn’t be here without you.”

Our next step is to ensure passage of the Equality Act, a federal bill that will add LGBTQ+ people to existing civil rights laws and will strengthen protections for all people. So far, PFLAG National has helped lead the way to passage of this legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Equality Act would provide clear, consistent protections nationwide in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. PFLAG National has developed resources for chapters and individuals to advocate for the Equality Act in their communities, and will continue to uplift the voices of parents, families, and allies in the conversation on full equality.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PFLAG National

Board of directors
as of 3/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathy Godwin

Marsha Aizumi

Kathy Godwin

Susan Thronson

Stephanie Battaglino

Kay Holladay

Catherine Hyde

Robert Marchman

Katherine Martinez

Robert Petersen

Edith Guffey

Chad Libertus

John Tantillo

Liz de Jesus

Kelly Brooks-Hailey

Aruna Rao

Marilyn Willis

Ed.D.

Erin Roberts

Antón Usigli

MPH

Chad Reumann

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/18/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data