About PFLAG Charlotte
Check out this Letter to the Editor written by PFLAG Charlotte President Ashley Nurkin.
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.
By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through:
- Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ
- Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ
- Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ
Our Story: PFLAG Charlotte
PFLAG Charlotte, founded in 1987, is an official chapter of PFLAG National – a national organization of parents, families, friends and allies united with LGBTQ people to advance equality and to promote a world that is safe and inclusive for our LGBTQ family members and friends.
Are you or is someone in your life lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity? We invite you to join us at our monthly support meetings.
All are welcome!
Our volunteer board and members inspire our support, education and advocacy activities. We are proud of our team and all we do to make a difference. Here are a few recent highlights:
Monthly group support meetings – We meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Meetings include speakers on a broad range of relevant topics, such as how to advocate for LGBTQ rights, finding the right healthcare provider and school, and issues related to faith. We also set aside ample time at each meeting for support group conversation(s).
Confidential telephone support and information
Parent-to-parent support – We are happy to meet outside our monthly meetings to offer peer support and resources.
Transparents of PFLAG Charlotte Subcommittee – Formed in 2015, this group provides valuable support to families with transgender, trans-questioning or gender-expansive family members.In addition to the monthly PFLAG meetings that allow caregivers and parents to meet, quarterly activities are scheduled for the whole family providing an opportunity to meet other gender-expansive children and their families, allow caregivers and parents to meet, quarterly activities are scheduled for the whole family providing an opportunity to meet other gender-expansive children and their families. Past activities have included; Holiday craft party, pizza party at Pure Pizza, meet-ups at members’ homes, back-to-school ice cream socials, etc.
PFLAG Book Club – Open to all PFLAG Charlotte members, this group meets monthly at Amelie’s in South Charlotte.
Booklets from PFLAG about family and coming out issues are always available, along with information from other resources in our local communities.
Our free lending library is available at each monthly meeting.
We provide resources and education to the business community through partnership with corporate diversity groups and participation in “Lunch and Learn” forums.
For more resources, visit our Resources page.
Charlotte Pride Parade – Whether we walk or ride on a float, this is a highly anticipated event for PFLAG members and their families.
Healthcare Outreach Initiative- Through a grant from the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, Transparents of PFLAG Charlotte works with medical professionals and others in the local healthcare community to raise awareness of and support for transgender, trans-questioning and gender-expansive children and their families. Advocacy efforts include an educational brochure and presentations at local physicians’ offices. (View PDF)
Our Faith Committee – Each year PFLAG Charlotte offers a faith outreach program. In 2015, through a grant from the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, PFLAG Charlotte hosted a breakfast forum held at Myers Park Baptist Church featuring Sister Jeannine Gramick (http://newwaysministry.org/co-founders.html). In 2016, we hosted a lunch forum at Caldwell Presbyterian Church with discussion led by a panel of area faith leaders.
Gay Straight Alliance assistance – We welcome invitations to share our voices and resources at area schools. This year we join Time Out Youth to support local Gay/Straight Alliances (or Gender and Sexuality Alliances) in area high school and middle schools.
Speaker’s Bureau – We provide speakers for conferences and group presentations, including the Carolina Conference for Queer Youth, Teen Health Connection, and local Corporate Diversity and Inclusion employee groups.
Community Support and Advocacy – We welcome invitations to participate in community and business diversity fairs.
Do you need to talk to someone?
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Attend the next PFLAG group meeting
We meet every 2nd Monday evening from 6:30-8pm at Time Out Youth