Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin


  • Craig Rodriguez-SeijasEmail author
  • Marvin R. Goldfried
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_633

Name of Organization of Institution

PFLAG (formerly Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)


In 1972, Jeanne Manford carried a sign that read “PARENTS OF GAYS UNITE IN SUPPORT OF OUR CHILDREN” as she marched in the New York City Gay Pride Parade. On March 26, 1973, Manford held a peer support meeting for other parents – like herself – learning to deal with their child’s coming out. From these humble beginnings, representatives of several similar support groups came together in 1981 to form Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Though the group has since changed its name to simply PFLAG to more accurately reflect its focus on inclusivity of support for all sexual and gender minorities, PFLAG currently functions as a support network, advocacy group, and public education institution whose reach can be felt at both the national and international levels.

The process of accepting a child’s disclosure of an LGBTQ identity can indeed be a difficult...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA