Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Gainesville (PFLAG Gainesville) is a newly formed chapter of PFLAG, the nation's foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Launched in New York City in 1973 by mothers and fathers who stood up for their gay children, PFLAG's national movement now has more than 250,000 members and supporters in over 500 chapters throughout the United States.
PFLAG Gainesville's mission is to create a better future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and adults through a partnership of parents, allies, and LGBT people.
- Support – PFLAG hosts monthly meetings geared toward preserving relationships within families when someone comes out as LGBT and facilitating resources and supportive connections for LGBT individuals whose families are not accepting
- Education Outreach – promotes an inclusive society through participation in local community events and diversity education opportunities at community groups, religious institutions, and other organizations
- Safe Schools Legislation, Training & Resources – PFLAG Gainesville is beginning the work of connecting teachers, principals, counselors and students to ensure that LGBT youth are safe and successful in school
- Advocacy – LGBT equality and civil rights are promoted both as a group and through individual efforts (letters to the editor, speaking up when we witness bigotry around us, contacting our legislative representatives, etc.)
PFLAG's unique voice has helped thousands by making schools safer, keeping families stronger, improving the workplace, and educating the general public.