“PFLAG” is Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York’s Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today’s Pride parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place on March 26, 1973.

It is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies. With 200,000 members and supporters, and local affiliates in more than 350 communities across the U.S. and abroad, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind.  PFLAG is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions – from (

The Springfield chapter of PFLAG has been in existence since the early 1980’s.

A renewed effort is underway to rejuvenate the chapter so that it may continue to engage and support the community.  Everyone is welcome!  Please join us!

When:           Every third Monday of the month

Time:              7:00 pm

Location:       Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation

745 Woodside Road, Springfield, Illinois

(217) 585-9550