PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) San Jose/Peninsula Chapter

Provided by PFLAG San Jose/Peninsula

Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents, families and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters throughout the country PFLAG is committed to creating to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed. It is resourced by the staff of PFLAG National in Washington, DC.

The San Jose/Peninsula chapter was established in Palo Alto in 1985 to serve Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Mitzi Henderson was an early leader who later became President to PFLAG National. The chapter has worked through the years to carry out the Mission of PFLAG through Support, Education and Advocacy.

The chapter provides support meetings and various locations for parents, families and friends to share experiences and information. Currently there are four meetings including one for Spanish speaking.

The chapter reaches out to the community with a Speakers Bureau sends its members to speak to interested groups, organizations, school classes, etc.

In a variety of ways, PFLAG members advocate on behalf of legislation and public policies that will ensure equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Each year, the chapter gives scholarships to high school seniors who have been active in organizing for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

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