• Mission & History

    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.


    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.

    Chapter History

    Our PFLAG Columbia/Howard County chapter began in January 1995. Interest was expressed by the Unitarian Congregation to have a support group, and UU member Linda Linton along with community activist Colette Roberts put a small meeting notice in local newspaper announcing formation of a support group for parents of gay and lesbian children along with an open invitation to the gay and lesbian community. Over 30 people attended that first meeting, and it was quickly realized that a more formal structure would be needed. We invited the PFLAG regional director to give us ideas on how to become a chapter, and every meeting since average an attendance of 50 people or more. We are a totally all volunteer chapter, and rely on membership dues and donations from monthly meeting attendees.

  • Steering Committee

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

    Voting Members

    Sue Garner, Chapter Chair

    Max Crownover, Incoming Chair

    Jumel Howard, Membership Chair, Incoming Vice-Chair

    June Horner, Treasurer, Librarian

    Caitlin Ward, Incoming Treasurer

    Alice Parks, Secretary

    Suzi Gerb

    Kathryn Newman

    Reginald Nettles

    Sara Raab

    Poet Beasley

    Kelly Brooks

    JoAnne W.

    Rachel Lombardo

    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

    Sarah Maher, RYA Facilitator

    Bethany Henderson, RYA Facilitator

  • Message from the president

    Join us for our Annual PFLAG Holiday Potluck Dinner on Tuesday, December 12th in Sanctuary C at Owen Brown Interfaith Center at 7:30 pm. Please consider bringing a holiday gift for a youth at Grassroots Family Shelter (i.e., gift cards, pj’s, sweater, sports items, games, DVD’s etc).

    Annual Report and financials

    Take a look at our 2016-2017 Annual Report!

  • Contact Us

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

    P.O. Box 1479
    Columbia, MD 21044
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