PFLAG was born of advocacy. Jeanne Manford marched with her gay son in the 1972 New York's Christopher Street Liberation march, not long after he was beaten during the Stonewall Riots. When many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she realized the need for a support group for parents and families. After that, the movement, which had been simmering among parents in other parts of the country who were determined that their gay and lesbian children would not be discriminated against, picked up momentum. It was in 1979 that the scattered groups actually met and loosely formed PFLAG when they marched together, this time in Washington D.C. The actual organization was incorporated nationally in 1981 in Southern Californian by Adele Starr and her husband Larry. (Adapted from Jean Eileen-Durgin Clinchard's accounting. Jean Eileen was the Lincoln chapter's first president.)
The Lincoln chapter started in 1983, and was incorporated in 1987. PFLAG Lincoln was the first chapter to establish in Nebraska.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist
Membership Outreach Coordinator
PFLAG would not be where we are today without our volunteers, members, or chapters—the humble superheroes who are committed to guiding and rallying around LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, and allies. We accompany each individual on their journey by meeting them where they are and providing support and guidance.