About Us


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 Values Statements

  • Leadership: PFLAG believes in the responsibility of leading by example. As leaders, we commit to listening, supporting and responding to build and grow trusting relationships with all. We work together to fulfill our shared vision of full inclusion and legal equality.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: PFLAG believes that diversity can only be gained through mutual respect and trust. We actively work to build inclusive and respectful relationships with all, through a commitment to listening, learning and engaging with diverse communities.
  • Community Engagement: PFLAG believes that we are measured by our words and actions. In our communities, we empower ourselves to reach out in coalition and partnership to advocate for change toward full inclusion and legal equality.
  • Lifelong Learning: PFLAG believes learning is the key to positive change and inclusion. We engage in continual learning for ourselves and provide ongoing learning opportunities to broaden understanding to overcome misinformation and bias.

Steering Committee

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

Jumel Howard, Chapter President
Scott Hefty, Treasurer
Kiana Fok, Secretary
Chris Hefty, Fundraising Coordinator/RYA Facilitator
Renesha Alphonso, Membership Coordinator
Kelly Brooks-Hailey, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator
Ajamu, Volunteer Coordinator
Tova Gold
Suzi Gerb, Trans Adult Support Group Facilitator
Judy Gaver, Parent Forum Facilitator
Judy Schiffer, Trans Parents Support Facilitator

Annual Reports and Financials

Take a look at the Annual Reports our chapter releases to get an idea of what we’re up to!

2019 | 2018 | 2017

Get Involved

We’re looking for a new volunteer Communications Coordinator! Click to download a PDF for more information.



Thank you…

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


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