• General Support groups

    We are always up to something! Join us, get support and be part of a vital movement for equality.

    Unless otherwise noted the location of our Howard County meetings is: The Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21044 and the location of our Baltimore County meetings is: The Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Avenue Lutherville, MD 21093.

    General Meetings

    Educational topics open to the public

    Every second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

    Interested in past topics?

    Play Group

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

    Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD.

    (The meeting location will begin to change to the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in the near future 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

  • parent support groups

    Howard County

    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 of trans and gender creative children

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

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

  • Youth support groups

    Howard County

    Rainbow Youth and Allies

    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

     

    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

    Baltimore County

    Rainbow Youth and Allies

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

    Contact Bethany at ryabaltimorecounty@gmail.com

  • community partnerships and initiatives

    PFLAG of Howard County is constantly working with community partners to address the longstanding issues the LGBTQ community face in our society today.

    Howard County Government

    We have worked with the office of the County Executive to provide training and support to the various local government departments. We currently have a partnership where the executive holds an LGBT Round-table for us to bring up issues that we feel need to be addressed.

    Howard County Public School System

    We have an established partnership with the school system to promote LGBTQ equity within the system. Support for GSA's, staff training's and counseling services are just some of the areas we cover in this partnership.

    Howard County Police Department

    The Howard County Police Department has been very eager to engage with the LGBTQ community in the county. Our partnership is beginning to take shape and we will be meeting with the department liaison soon to work out more details on how we can all reach our goals.

    HopeWorks of Howard County

    HopeWorks has been an important partner in planning educational events for our members and promoting healthy relationships.

    Chase Brexton

    Chase Brexton has been an important partner in ensuring the adequate availability of affirming health professionals for the LGBT community in Howard County and the surrounding regions.

    Howard County Public Library System

    The HCPLS has recently begun to partner with us to promote LGBT inclusive literature and educate the public on the role of this often overlooked segment of society.

    Baltimore County Public Schools

    PFLAG has hosted multiple training's and spoken at several events within the school system. We hope to establish a detailed partnership in the near future.

  • PFLAG Howard County Scholarships

    2017 PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Scholarship Winner:

    Dae'Quawn Landrum,

    Dae’Quawn currently is pursuing a master's degree at Bowie State University in Mental Health Counseling. While there, he is helping to develop a curriculum for middle school teachers, staff, and parents to help them understand the LGBTQ+ culture. He hopes it will help decrease suicide in LGBTQ+ middle school students. Dae'Quawn also has held various positions in the behavioral health field and has been involved in the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society (which is Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International), the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, The Student Adlerian Association, the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Golden Key Honor Society. Once he finishes his master's degree, Dae'Quawn plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision to advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and do additional research.

    We are very pleased to award him this scholarship to assist him in meeting his goals of helping LGBTQ+ youth.

    Scholarship application

    Download the application here and submit for a chance to be chosen as our next winner!

  • Advocacy

  • Regional LGBT Pride Celebrations

    B'More Aware of HIV

    Want To Learn More About Our Current Efforts

    More information is coming soon!

    Marriage Equality

  • Training's and workshops

    PFLAG hosts a multitude of training's and workshops for various businesses, organizations and government entities in Maryland. If you would like us to provide training's or organize workshops for your organization please fill out the form below.

  • pflag of Howard county speakers bureau

    Engagement is one of the most effective ways to create change. Sharing the story of life has constantly helped open people’s minds, dismantled harmful myths and stereotypes, evoked empathy, and provided real life context to the intersectionality of our struggles. Join us in the ongoing effort to educate and inform the public and create unassailable safe spaces for the LGBTQ community.

     

    Trainers

    Our team of experts have over 60 years of combined experience in LGBTQ advocacy and engagement. Our trainers work hard to impart the necessary knowledge and skills needed for you to be a dynamic facilitator of conversation and relay your message to the audience in the most effective way.

     

    Compensation

    All speakers are participating on a volunteer basis and will be reimbursed for any costs related to their engagement.

     

    Trainings

    We will offer two training sessions a year. The sessions are in small group format and will be announced at least two months prior to the date. Those interested in speaking will also have the opportunity to shadow another speaker at one of their engagements.

     

    Engagement

    Once you're ready you will receive an email every month with upcoming opportunities. You can sign up there and we’ll get you set up to share your experience.

     

    Sign up to become our next great speaker and/or trainer follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeW-BXFBtaXMwTrY_ohwEa3aLZAeidOcfpaCgdVE5PdpFjYw/viewform?usp=pp_url&entry.2005620554&entry.1045781291&entry.1166974658&entry.839337160

  • 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.

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