PFLAG (Parents, families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) celebrates diversity and envisions a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively.
PFLAG promotes the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten the ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity to create a society that respects human diversity.
What We Do
PFLAG SUPPORTS LGBT people, their families and friends through local PFLAG chapter help lines, support group meetings and locally and nationally produced resources.
PFLAG EDUCATES families and provides public education on sexual orientation, gender identity and LGBT issues. PFLAG chapters educate their communities through a variety of local projects and nationally, PFLAG continues to provide fair and accurate information about LGBT people and their loved ones.
PFLAG ADVOCATES for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. LGBT rights are not special rights. PFLAG works to achieve equal civil rights for all people, including out LGBT loved ones.
As loving parents, friends and allies, we must secure equal rights for our LGBT loved ones. We actively educate, lobby and advocate for social justice. All chapters, the council, and Allied for Equality work for LGBT equal rights.
Allied for Equality is a joint project of Equality Illinois and the PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois. The project’s mission is to secure EQUAL rights for all LGBT individuals. to learn more visit: www.alliedforequality.org.
For Families and Friends
Your first reaction to learning that your loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning can range from anger to sadness, fear to hurt, confusion to grief, and anywhere and everything in between. These emotions and experiences are normal.
PFLAG is here to help you. Our members are parents, families and friends of LGBT people and LGBT people themselves. We have been through much of what you are now feeling. We listen. We understand.
Our chapter meetings are open to everyone. Our Entre Familia chapter conducts meetings in Spanish; our Southside chapter is primarily African American in membership; and our Parents of Transgender Individuals Support Group is for parents and family members of transgender loved ones. However, each of our chapters welcomes people from all walks of life, from every racial and ethnic group, and all religious background.
For Straight Allies
If you or someone you know is straight and wants to support LGBT communities, join in the fight for equality, or just learn more about these issues, you’ve come to the right place. PFLAG needs your help. You are welcome to come to a chapter meeting.
For LGBT People
People who are LGBT are welcome to attend meetings. Some want to help friends and families better understand sexual orientation and gender identity, while others may want to advocate for LGBT rights. We offer our support and unconditional love to people at any point in their journey.