|Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays|
|Founded||1972, New York City, New York, United States|
|Method||Campaigning, Advocacy, Support groups, Public speaking|
|LGBT and Queer studies series|
|Lesbian · Gay · Bisexual · Transgender · Homosexuality|
|Timeline · Gay Liberation · Social movements · AIDS timeline|
|Community · Pride · Coming out · Gay slang · Gay village · Queer theory · Religion · Symbols · Queer · Questioning|
|Marriage · Civil union · Adoption · Sodomy law · Military service · Hate crime · Around the world|
|Heterosexism · Homophobia · Lesbophobia · Biphobia · Transphobia|
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a group of family members and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender / transsexual " Queer studies " is the study of issues relating to Sexual orientation and Gender identity. A lesbian is a Woman who is romantically or sexually attracted only to other women In the English language, gay is an Adjective that in modern usage refers to Homosexuality. Bisexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of both sexes or to a bisexual orientation Transgender (trænzˈdʒɛndɚ from ( Latin) derivatives Homosexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of the same sex or to a Homosexual orientation. LGBT history refers to the History of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and Transgender peoples and cultures around the world dating back Timeline of Lesbian, Gay, bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT) history Homosexual rights during the 20th century Gay Liberation is the name used to describe the radical Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender movement of the late 1960s and early to mid 1970s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender social movements share related goals of social acceptance of Homosexuality, Bisexuality and Transgenderism Lesbian This is a Timeline of AIDS, including some discussion of early AIDS cases (especially those before 1980 Poliamory pride in San Francisco 2004jpg|thumb|Representatives of the Polyamory community at a San Francisco parade Gay community or LGBT community is a term used to describe the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender subculture LGBT pride or gay pride refers to a world wide movement and philosophy asserting that LGBT ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Closeted Coming out (that is " coming out of the closet " describes the voluntary public announcement of one's Sexual orientation and/or Gender identity A gay village (also known as a gay neighborhood or by the slang gayborhood) is an urban geographic location with generally recognized boundaries Queer theory is a field of Gender Studies that emerged in the early 1990s out of the fields of gay and Lesbian studies and feminist studies the relationship between homosexuality and religion can vary greatly across time and place within and between different Religions and Sects and regarding different Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender ( LGBT) communities have adopted certain Symbols and symbolates for Queer has traditionally meant odd or unusual but is now also used to refer to anyone who is not heteronormative. Questioning is a term that can refer to a person who is questioning their Gender, Sexual identity or Sexual orientation. The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex - everything from full legal recognition of Same-sex marriage Same-sex marriage (also referred to as gay marriage) is a term for a legally or Socially recognized Marriage between two people of the same A civil union is a legally recognized union similar to Marriage. LGBT adoption refers to the Adoption of children by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people A sodomy law is a Law that defines certain Sexual acts as sex crimes. The militaries of the world have a variety of responses to Gays Lesbians and Bisexuals Most Western military forces have now removed policies excluding sexual Hate crimes (also known as bias motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain Social group, usually defined The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex - everything from full legal recognition of Same-sex marriage Heterosexism is a term that applies to attitudes, Bias, and Discrimination in favor of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships BenPhelpsJPG|thumb|right|Westboro Baptist Church picket signs with Ben Phelps grandson of Fred Phelps Lesbophobia (sometimes Lesbiphobia) comprises various forms of negativity toward Lesbian women as individuals as a couple or as a social group Biphobia is a term used to describe the fear of aversion to or discrimination against Bisexuality or LGBT people who are bisexual or perceived to be bisexual A lesbian is a Woman who is romantically or sexually attracted only to other women In the English language, gay is an Adjective that in modern usage refers to Homosexuality. Bisexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of both sexes or to a bisexual orientation Transgender (trænzˈdʒɛndɚ from ( Latin) derivatives LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender / transsexual According to PFLAG's mission statement, the organization "promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, 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. A mission statement is a brief statement of the purpose of a Company, Organization, or Group. Unlike most discrimination policies discrimination between, which is the discernment of qualities and recognition of the differences focused here discrimination against is " In 2002 PFLAG welcomed intersex persons and their families as fully participating members. Intersexuality is the state of a living thing of a gonochoristic species whose Sex chromosomes, Genitalia, and/or Secondary sex characteristics 
PFLAG has more than 400 affiliates throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 11 other countries. 
The acronym PFLAG is pronounced as P-FLAG [piːflæg], and was once officially styled in that manner.
The event that sparked PFLAG was in 1972 when Jeanne Manford was watching a TV news report and saw her son "being tossed down an escalator during a gay rights protest while the New York City Police Department stood by and watched. Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender social movements share related goals of social acceptance of Homosexuality, Bisexuality and Transgenderism Lesbian Protest expresses relatively overt reaction to events or situations sometimes in favor though more often opposed "
The idea for the organization arose out of Jeanne Manford's marching with her gay son Morty, carrying a sign saying: "Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of Our Children" in New York City's Christopher Street Liberation Day Gay Pride Parade (now known as Heritage of Pride) which started two years prior. In the English language, gay is an Adjective that in modern usage refers to Homosexuality. SON DNA binding protein, also known as SON, is a human Gene. The City of New York Christopher Street Day ( CSD) is an annual European LGBT celebration held in various cities across Europe LGBT pride or gay pride refers to a world wide movement and philosophy asserting that LGBT ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Heritage of Pride is a wholly volunteer-managed non-partisan tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation that organizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People came up to Manford during and after the parade, applauding her actions and inspiring her to form a support group for LGBT people and their families, which turned into POG (Parents of Gays), and subsequently PFLAG. In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial for a particular shared usually burdensome characteristic LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender / transsexual
PFLAG has continued to grow since then, and now comprises 500 chapters and 250,000 members in the United States.
"Stay Close" is a national campaign started in 2006 by PFLAG that encourages the family and friends of a LGBT persons to give them support. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender / transsexual 
In the mid-1990s, "Project Open Mind" caused some controversy from Pat Robertson. Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22 1930 is a controversial Televangelist from the United States. He threatened to sue PFLAG and any television station that aired the project's ads, which showed clips of anti-LGBT quotes from several people, including Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and United States Sen. Jerry Lamon Falwell Sr ( August 11 1933 – May 15, 2007) was an American evangelical Christian Pastor, Jesse Helms. Jesse Alexander Helms Jr (October 18 1921 – July 4 2008 was a five-term Republican United States Senator from North Carolina who served as chairman  The ads can currently be seen on the Commercial Closet webpage. Commercial Closet Association is a New York City based Non-profit organization, founded in 2001 to educate and influence the $1
The PFLAG Northeast Regional Conference for family, friends, and allies from across the region took place October 27 to October 29, 2006. The Northeast is a region of the United States. As defined by the U Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. Events 437 - Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.  The venue was the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts USA. The DCU Center, formerly known as The Centrum, Centrum in Worcester and Worcester's Centrum Centre, is an Indoor arena and Convention Worcester (ˈwʊstɚ is a City in the state of Massachusetts in the United States of America. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the It was held in conjunction with the Transcending Boundaries Conference. Transcending Boundaries Conference (TBC, is a yearly Northeast regional American conference for Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex
The 2007 PFLAG National Convention, sponsored by IBM, was planned for October 11 through October 17, 2007 in McLean, Virginia. International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology Events 1138 - A massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria. 1531 - Huldrych Zwingli is killed Events 539 BC - King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. McLean (pronounced "mick-CLANE") is an Unincorporated community located in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state The theme is "Family Voices Moving Equality Forward. "
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX), formed in 1998 as what P-FLAG's then Executive Director Kirsten Kingdon called "a counter to PFLAG". Conversion therapy has been defined by the American Psychological Association as therapy aimed at changing Sexual orientation, and by the American Psychiatric Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX is a non-profit organization providing outreach education and public awareness in support of the Ex-gay community In Politics, the opposition comprises one or more political parties or other organized groups that are opposed to the Government, party or group  PFOX maintains that homosexuality is a choice, not a product of biological determination. Homosexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of the same sex or to a Homosexual orientation.  The organization provides support for the ex-gay community and is considerably smaller than PFLAG, having only 32 chapters vs. Ex-gay is a term sometimes used to refer to persons who once identified as Gay or Lesbian, but have since turned away from such identification for PFLAG's 500. Whereas PFLAG's agenda could be broadly characterized as liberal, PFOX trends towards more conservative views and is supported by "right-wing Christian organizations" including the Family Research Council. Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favour Tradition, where tradition refers to various religious cultural or nationally defined In Politics, right-wing, the political right, and the Right are positions that uphold traditional values and/or authorities A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth The Family Research Council (FRC is a Christian right Non-profit Think tank and Lobbying organization.  PFOX voiced opposition to "grade-specific sex education and information about HIV/AIDS" on the basis that "the standards are not age-appropriate and would undermine abstinence-only messages. Sex education is a broad term used to describe Education about human sexual anatomy, Sexual reproduction, Sexual intercourse, Reproductive Human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV) is a Lentivirus (a member of the Retrovirus family that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome Abstinence-only sex education is a form of Sex education that emphasizes Abstinence from sex to the exclusion of all other types of Sexual and reproductive " PFOX opposed "legislation to protect transgender individuals from discrimination" with a stated concern that it would give "male cross-dressers access to women's restrooms". Transgender (trænzˈdʒɛndɚ from ( Latin) derivatives Unlike most discrimination policies discrimination between, which is the discernment of qualities and recognition of the differences focused here discrimination against is  In 2005, PFOX was barred from presenting a workshop at the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Convention. Parent-Teacher Association, aka PTA, Parent-Teacher-Student Association, aka PTSA and the Parent-Teacher Organization, aka PTO  They have also been denied participation at events held by the National Mental Health Association, the National Education Association, and the American Association of University Women. Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is a Nonprofit organization with seat in Alexandria Virginia, dedicated The National Education Association ( NEA) is the largest professional organization in the United States, representing Public school Teachers and The American Association of University Women ( AAUW) advances equity for Women and girls through Advocacy, education and research P-FLAG, which has been an invited guest to the National PTA convention in recent years, responded to PFOX through PFLAG’s executive director Jody Huckaby:
|“||PFLAG and others also find the basic premise of PFOX’s rationale confusing. If someone is not gay or bisexual, they are heterosexual. In the English language, gay is an Adjective that in modern usage refers to Homosexuality. Bisexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of both sexes or to a bisexual orientation Heterosexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of the opposite sex or to a heterosexual orientation Since this is the case PFOX should have no concerns. P-FLAG supports safe schools for all sexual orientations - gay, bisexual and heterosexual. ||”|
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