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    Unless otherwise noted, location is: Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    General Meetings

    Every 2nd Tuesday evening (not offered in July and August 2017)

    Educational topics open to the public

    Every second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

    Interested in past topics?

    Support for Parents with LGBTQ Children

    For parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning children of all ages

    Every second Tuesday, as an optional break out session to the general meeting, 7:30 p.m.

    Contact Judy Gaver, 410.848.5705 or judygaver@hotmail.com

    For parents of trans and gender creative children

    Every fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

    Contact Catherine V. Hyde at 410.493.3443 or cvhyde@gmail.com

    Baltimore County support for parents

    Every second Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Govans Presbyterian Church | 5828 York Rd. | Baltimore, Md. 21212

    Contact JoAnne W. at 443.465.1221 or joanne.pflagmd@gmail.com

    Rainbow Youth & Allies Meetings

    A social group for LGBTQ youth and their friends, ages 12-22 in a safe space.

    Every second and fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

    Contact: pflagmd@gmail.com

    For information on a Baltimore County group,

    Every second Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Govans Presbyterian Church | 5828 York Rd. | Baltimore, Md. 21212

    Contact Bethany at RYABaltimoreCounty@gmail.com

    Tween Group

    A social group for trans, gender-creative, gender fluid tweens between the ages of 9 and 13 (no siblings please)

    Every 4th Sunday, 3:30 - 4:30 (Room 101; parents can gather in room 103)

    Contact: pflagtweens@gmail.com

    Play Group

    For trans and gender creative kids up to age 12. Siblings and families welcomed.

    Location: Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD. (Location is sometimes in a nearby park, so call first to confirm.

    Every third Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

    Contact PFLAGplaygroup@gmail.com

    Support for Trans Adults

    For trans people 18 and older

    Every third Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

    Contact Suzi at seeallsides22425@gmail.com

    Annual Picnic, Saturday, October 14, 2016, Noon to 3 p.m.

  • Donate/Join

    PFLAG Columbia-Howard County is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization. Memberships and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Membership benefits are identical across all levels of support. The more you can support us, the more we can support others. Thank you.

    Membership Options

    Monthly Sustaining Members are Preferred

    Use a credit card, debit card or checking account, and cancel at anytime.

    All levels of membership have the same benefits to you, but the more you can give, the more you benefit us. Thanks!

    Premium Member : $20 monthly
    Standard Member : $10 monthly
    Basic Member : $5 monthly
    Minimum Member : $20 yearly


    Prefer a one time donation by credit or debit card?

    Give through our PayPal portal.


    Give to us through the United Way: Organization i.d. 1320229.


    To join or donate with a check, please include: Name, Email Address and Zip Code

    Mail the check to: PFLAG Columbia-Howard County | P.O. Box 1479 | Columbia, MD 21044


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  • About

    PFLAG is a national nonprofit organization with thousands of members and supporters and more than 400 chapters across the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.


    Learn more about us from the media coverage of our work.

    PFLAG Mission Statement

    To promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends through:

    • SUPPORT – to cope with an adverse society.
    • EDUCATION – to enlighten an ill-informed public.
    • ADVOCACY – to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

    PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ+ community. PFLAG families, friends and allies work together with those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ to provide opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity. PFLAG acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

    PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Mission Statement

    To support parents and caregivers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer children. We welcome all people – gay, straight, bisexual, transgender and queer – as well as their families and friends. Together, we support each other, educate the broader community and advocate for equality.

  • Steering Committee

    PFLAG Columbia-Howard County, Md. is an all volunteer organization

    Voting Members

    Sue Garner, Chapter Chair

    Max Crownover, Incoming Chair

    Suzi Gerb

    June Horner, Treasurer, Librarian

    Caitlin Ward, Incoming Treasurer

    Jumel Howard, Membership Chair, Incoming Vice-Chair

    Kathryn Newman

    Reginald Nettles

    Sara Raab

    Poet Beasley

    Kelly Brooks

    JoAnne Wells

    Alice Parks, Secretary

    Non-voting Members

    Judy Gaver, Parent Forum Facilitator

    Jordan Geddes, RYA Facilitator

    Catherine V. Hyde, Trans Parents Support Facilitator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

    Kenny Joubert, RYA Facilitator

  • Experts

    Our seasoned speakers bring education and understanding through the oldest and most effective form of communication: storytelling. With insight and humor they spread awareness, sensitivity and understanding.

    Each speaker specializes in different topics, so browse the topics and speakers below to see what might work for you. We are an all-volunteer organization, so our availability can be limited by other commitments. Please contact a speaker directly or email us at pflagmd@gmail.com with your request for a topic not included below.

    Susan Garner

    Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students
    Building a Successful Gay-Straight Alliance

    Sue was a school psychologist with the Howard County Public School System for 38 years before her retirement in 2012. She was the sponsor for the Gay-Straight Alliance at Glenelg High School. Her work was instrumental in achieving the recent first-ever mandatory training for school psychologists in Howard County and getting a GLSEN safe schools kit into every student services office. Contact Sue at sueginna@gmail.com.

    Judy Gaver

    Parenting our LGBT Children
    Creating an Open and Affirming Congregation

    Judy has been an active member of PFLAG since 2001, after learning that her oldest son was gay. Judy facilitates the Parents’ Forum. She is a Carroll County resident and by day, works for the Circuit Court as a Caseworker for the Community Service Program. She has been a panel member for many PFLAG presentations to various companies and organizations and can be reached at judygaver@hotmail.com or 410.848.5705.

    Suzi Gerb

    Transgender Understanding and Sensitivity

    Accepting Workplaces for Transgender Workers

    Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students

    Suzi has been a long-time school GSA sponsor, support group leader, hotline operator, online peer counselor and educator. She has written extensively about issues of interest to the transgender community and leads educational forums, training sessions, and religious services dealing with all facets of the transgender experience. Contact Suzi at seeallsides22425@gmail.com.

    Catherine V. Hyde

    Transgender Understanding & Sensitivity
    Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students
    Parenting Our LGBT Children

    Parent of a transgender child and long-time PFLAG mom, Catherine offers training to schools, businesses and congregations. With an interactive approach (including storytelling, video and even playing a game) and a great deal of humor, she brings understanding and openness to this sensitive topic. Catherine serves as regional director for the Mid-Atlantic for PFLAG National. Contact her at cvhyde@gmail.com or 410.493.3443.

    Hunter Thompson

    Transgender Understanding & Sensitivity
    Transitioning in Adulthood

    When Hunter was born, there was little to no understanding of transgender adults, much less children. So he did not come to an understanding of himself until adulthood, after marrying and bearing four children. Since transitioning, Hunter has lived the challenges adults have as they recast themselves in their true identity. Hunter presents on the special challenges of trans people, transitioning in adulthood and coming out to your children. Contact Hunter at hunter@hunterthompsonllc.com.

  • Testimonials

    We are deeply proud of the excellence of our speakers and the effectiveness of their training.


    “Thank you is not sufficient in expressing my gratitude. The presentation was amazing both in the content it provided and the engaging manner in which it was delivered. I have had many staff members say it was the most meaningful professional development they have had.”​


    “The presentation was great, and I was particularly impressed with the amount of information shared that can be immediately applied in our daily lives.”


    “I had not thought the presentation was going to apply to me and my family at all, but I came away thinking, ‘Wow, this applies to everyone, so I will have to go home and have a conversation with my kids.'”​


    “The offer to continue to help as we figure this out will help us set up policy in the future. We appreciated all the guidance provided.”​


    “This was a GREAT presentation. The personal experiences of the presenters and their personal attachments/involvements to the material they delivered was not lost on me as an attendee. I believe this should be a mandatory presentation. Many of the misconceptions and stereotypes could be put to rest and the reality of what some youth are exposed to unintentionally by society’s insensitivities …GREAT presentation!!!”​


    "I just wanted you to know that last night’s meeting was excellent. All of the kids on the panel and on the sidelines should be commended for their bravery at sharing thoughts about their very personal lives.”
    Joan Hynson


    “Thank you PFLAG for having such powerful presenters. Catherine Hyde was the opening speaker for a company Diversity & Inclusion event that focused on coming out in the work place. Catherine’s personal story of her journey in accepting and then supporting her transgender daughter was incredibly moving and heartfelt. Our employees were truly captivated as her history unfolded, and I know that there was much learning going on. This was there perfect launch for our panel discussion that followed. Keep up the great work!”
    Ron Hokemeyer
    Pride Employee Resource Group, Baltimore Gas and Electric

  • Resources

    This can be a tough journey. You are not alone. Here are resources to help make it easier.

    Looking for a resource we shared in a training? See our Training Resources blog post.

    General Support

    School Support

    Transgender Resources

    Supporting Siblings of Transgender Children

    For the Latino Community

    Somos Familia supports Latino families with children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) and conducts education to create family and community acceptance. The group was started by two mothers to support other families with similar experiences.

    For the South Asian Community

    Trikone is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of South Asian descent, who trace their ethnicity to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet.

    National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance offers supportive documents and videos in many Asian and Pacific Island languages.

    Health Resources for Us and Our Providers

    For Our Community

    For Our Providers

    • LGBTQ Mental Health is a comprehensive guide by the National LGBT Health Education Center that includes research and statistics on the health disparities within our community. It reveals the inconsistencies LGBTQ folk experience in healthcare, and outlines steps for health centers and organizations to help fight the stigma while providing options and support for our community.
    • Gender and Youth, a brochure that helps start a conversation with parents of gender creative pre-teens and teens.
    • Gender and Children, a brochure that helps start a conversation with parents of gender creative little folks. 

    Legal Services

    Spiritual Support

  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.

    P.O. Box 1479
    Columbia, MD 21044
  • Queens & Cocktails

    What Fun We HAD! Thursday, May 11, 2017

    An annual fundraiser of pure, divine fun!

    An evening of our signature cocktail, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drag queens!
    Check out the photos event here. (Provided as a donation by Brittany Dunbar Photography.)

    Guests of Honor

    Allan Kittleman, Howard County Executive

    Guy Guzzone, State Senator

    Calvin Ball, Ed.D., Vice Chair, Howard County Council and Council Member, District 2

    Liz Bobo, Former Howard County Executive and District 12 Delegate

    Eric Ebersole, State Delegate, District 12

    Gary Gardner, Chief, Howard County Police Department

    Lloyd Knowles, Former Howard County Council Member

    Clarence Lam, M.D., State Delegate, District 12

    David Lee, Office of the County Executive

    Byron E. Macfarlane, Howard County Register of Wills

    Colette Roberts, co-founder and first president, PFLAG Howard County

    Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Sands, Administrator, Howard County Office of Human Rights

    Mary Kay Sigaty, Howard County Council Member, District 4

    Courtney Watson, Former Howard County Council Member

    Jon Weinstein, Chair, Howard County Council Member, District 1

    Beverly White-Seals, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Howard County

    Sponsorship Packages

    PFLAG Howard County is a 501(c)3 organization and all sponsorships and raffle donations will be acknowledged with a receipt for your donation. Contact Sue Garner: sueginna @ gmail.com or 443.745.8294 to sponsor or donate.


    Divine Sponsorship $1000

    • Reserved table with 8 seats
    • Eight tickets to event
    • Name on website
    • Public acknowledgement at event
    • Name on signage at event

    Fabulous Sponsorship $500

    • Reserved high top table 
    • 4 tickets to event
    • Name on website
    • Public acknowledgement at event
    • Name on signage at event

    Rainbow Sponsorship $250

    • 2 tickets to event
    • Public acknowledgement at event
    • Name on signage at event

    Sponsor a Queen $150

    • 1 ticket to event
    • Public acknowledgement at event

    Donate to Our Raffle

    We will be raffling off prizes at the end of our evening, and would welcome an item of value from your organization to include in our raffle. Items such as gift certificates, gift baskets, theater tickets, and other experiences are welcome.


    Meet the Queens!


    Philadelphia's Premier Drag Queen

    BEV is Philadelphia’s Premier Christian Drag Queen. Crowned Miss Northeast Comedy Queen 2016, she went on to place 2nd at the National Miss Comedy Queen Pageant in Orlando. She has taken Philly’s drag scene by fire with her irreverent brand of humor, camp, and class! She hosts comedy, drag, and burlesque shows and produces of her own shows: Bev’s Bitchfest, See You in Hell, and Miss Boxed Wine Pageant. She is co-producer of the Annual Philly Beauty Ball, which has raised $14,000 for local LGBT charities.

    Iyana Deschanel

    Part of Baltimore's Power Couple of Drag

    Iyana Deschanel is a part of a power couple taking over the Baltimore drag scene. She has been performing for more than five years and has become a staple in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. She and her partner put together competitions and shows for new and upcoming talent to help them find their start and their style. When she is not entertaining and performing in varies bars and clubs across the DMV, she is raising her children (two boys ages five and six) with her partner of six years.

    Whitney Gucci Goo

    The Baby of the Drag Queen Bunch

    Just after her 17th birthday, Whitney debuted her drag career at one of the most renowned Drag Brunches in the area: Perry’s Drag Brunch in Adams Morgan, D.C. Today, she is a regular member of the cast: the youngest drag queen at the oldest drag brunch in D.C. She also performs at various clubs across Baltimore and D.C. With a background in dance and gymnastics, Whitney’s performances are high energy and can border on astonishing. She was featured in Thrill List’s 15 Things You Can Only Do in D.C.

    Our Sponsors Are Divas!


    Divine Sponsors

    In loving memory of Pauline Hamilton


    Fabulous Sponsors

    The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care

    Be proud. Be healthy.

    Animal Hospital at Southgate

    Rainbow Sponsors

    A Healing Place

    Individual, group and family therapy

    Areas of specialization include children and adolescents and LGBTQ identified people

    The Office of Human Rights, Howard County

    Human Rights Commission


    Celebrating Fine Chesapeake Cuisine

    Horse Spirit Art Gallery

    Where Creativity Runs Wild

    Allies in the Workplace

    Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

    Venus Rising Therapy & Consultation

    The Hyde-Gullucci Family

    Proud parents of a trans child who blossomed in Howard County

    Queen Sponsors

    Judy & Ed Gaver

    Crystal Richardson


    Our Donors


    Jody Aud

    Deb Eleam

    Bernd and Joan Kral

    Beth Thomas

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