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History of PFLAG National


In 1972, Jeanne Manford started an international movement when she marched with her gay son in New York's Gay Pride Parage. Enraged that police stood by while her son was badly beaten at a march for gay rights earlier in the year, Jeanne carried a sign reading "Parents of Gays. Unite In Support of our Children." Young people there begged her to speak with their families, and what is now PFLAG began.


With a history of over 50 years, PFLAG is now found in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states. Based in Washington, D.C., PFLAG National is committed to supporting the LGBTQ community in local and national efforts by supporting its chapter affiliates. Today, PFLAG has over 368 chapters and over 200,000 members. Youngstown Area PFLAG is the local chapter of PFLAG National.



Our Vision


PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.




Our Mission


PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; advocacy, to end discrimination and secure equal rights.


As a chapter affiliate, Youngstown Area PFLAG shares the Vision and Mission of PFLAG National.


Youngstown Area PFLAG


As a former steel city in northeast Ohio, Youngstown had no organized gay community in the 1980s. Youngstown Area PFLAG was founded in 1989 by Joe Bordo, an AIDS risk-reduction specialist for the Youngstown City Health District as a safe space for gay men.


Since the early 1990s  to the present, the Youngstown chapter has expanded its scope to support LGBTQ people, their family members, and allies. We are registered in Ohio as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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