History

PFLAG National was founded in 1973 by a parent, Jeanne Manford. Attending a parade with her gay son, Jeanne won the hearts of many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people who begged her to speak with their parents. Jeanne held the first PFLAG Support Group meeting on March 11, 1973 at a church in Greenwich Village.  For over four decades, PFLAG has provided support to families and allies who are in need.  

PLAG National currently has over 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 volunteer Regional Directors.

A Vision For Charlotte

PFLAG Charlotte, founded in 1987, is a chapter of PFLAG National. We support.  We educate. We advocate. We are glad you found us.

PFLAG Charlotte 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

To support families, allies and people who are LGBTQ, to educate ourselves and others about challenges facing LGBTQ individuals, and to advocate in our communities to build a more equitable future for all. 

PFLAG Charlotte is a registered 501(c)(3).  Our Tax ID is 58-1760960.

Our Board

Karen Graci,
President

Showing up at our first PFLAG meeting years ago, my husband and I had no idea what to expect.  What we found was a group of parents sharing their experiences of supporting, loving, and advocating for their LGBTQ loved ones. PFLAG met us where we were, and walked with us every step of the way.  What a gift to be able to do the same for others.

Cindy Deutsch,
Vice President

I will never forget how I felt when I attended my first PFLAG meeting.  Receiving support from people who were traveling the same journey was life changing!  I want to be here for the next parent who comes to PFLAG in need of the same support I received.  I believe supporting LGBTQ parents goes a long way toward helping LGBTQ+ youth.

Sarah Eyssen,
Education & Outreach

Why PFLAG?  Alex, Sarah, Emma Kate, Andrew, and Luke–my precious family and me.  A lifesaver and game-changer, PFLAG meets us, always exactly as we are and where we are. 

Annabelle Pardo,
Development

When we needed it most, PFLAG was our family’s lifeline. To serve in PFLAG is a way to pay it forward and help those who may find themselves in the same place our family was at the beginning of our journey. I want to help as many kids and youth as possible to have a supportive family where they can thrive, develop and be themselves.

Eileen Conlin,
Treasurer

Why I serve PFLAG.  To promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  To honor the profound interconnection or our community. To express gratitude for the fullness of this life. 

Judith Stephens,
Secretary

It started with the personal – I have a transgender son and a non-binary grandchild and I needed to better understand the issues and challenges in their lives and how to better support them.  But my support for PFLAG is more than that. I am primarily driven by a deep belief that every person in the LGBTQ community deserves to be affirmed for who they are; they deserve respect, dignity and equality.

Jordan Frederick,
Social Media

PFLAG plays such an important role in our community, and I knew from the first time I was introduced to the organization at Pride six years ago that I had to be a part of the work it’s doing. I’m a high school English teacher, and being a member of PFLAG has helped me become a better advocate and ally for my kids as well as a resource for my coworkers. Every human being deserves to be understood, supported, and represented, and it is one of the greatest joys of life that I am able to help make that a reality for our community’s LGBTQ population.

Jennifer Kant

Joining PFLAG was a way to continue my advocacy for the LGBTQ community after I left college. The LGBTQ community is part of my family, my friends, my students, and myself. PFLAG brings me joy, challenges, strength, and new friends. PFLAG lets me educate so many people about how to create a welcoming and affirming world.

Doug Cooper

When your child says they are transgender, you feel like you are the only family navigating a journey of challenges at home, at school, and at the doctor’s office. But at PFLAG Charlotte, you are not alone! There are other families who are going through the same journey and feel the same way. I serve because I want the next family that takes a flyer, comes to an event, or comes to a support group to know that, like us, they are not alone.

Connie Norris

Ashley Nurkin,
Past President

When we began our journey with our transgender daughter, we felt like were floating in the ocean all alone.  PFLAG took our family by the hand, loved us, supported us, and most importantly, educated us! I want every PFLAG family to know they are not alone.