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:
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.
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.
PFLAG Columbia-Howard County, MD. is an all volunteer organization
Max Crownover, Chapter President/Chair
Jumel Howard, Vice President/Chair, Membership Chair
Caitlin Ward, Treasurer
Alice Parks, Secretary
June Horner, Librarian
Sue Garner, President Emeritus
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
Vice Chair/President & Membership Chair:
Support Group Contacts: