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.
Under the leadership of John Edwards in the early 1990s and to the present, the Youngstown chapter has expanded to support LGBT people, their family members, and friends. We are registered in Ohio as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are now led by Marguerite Felice, a proud mother of both a gay and a bisexual son.
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 expanding over 40 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 LGBT 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 Youngstown chapter of PFLAG National.
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.
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 same vision and mission of PFLAG National.