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.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT A COMMUNITY MEETING?
There will be people who are at differing stages in their understanding, acceptance, and support of their LGBTQ+ loved ones. You can expect to meet people who have developed meaningful friendships through their attendance at monthly PFLAG meetings. Meeting agendas vary month to month and group to group but usually include:
Educational activities such as a guest speaker, panel discussion or topic of the month
Discussion of advocacy efforts in the local community on behalf of LGBTQ+ friends and family members
Groups of 10-12 people which are lead by trained facilitators
Conversations with the groups considered confidential and not discussed beyond the room
Refreshments and social time
Hope to see you soon!
parent support groups
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For parents of trans and gender creative children
Every fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Contact Sarah C, 301.351.3675 or email@example.com
Youth support groups
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. (Now meeting virtually Please email for details)
Submit Form for Login Info-https://www.cognitoforms.com/PFLAGColumbiaHowardCounty/RainbowYouthAlliesMembershipForm
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)
Trainings and workshops
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.
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.
All speakers are participating on a volunteer basis and will be reimbursed for any costs related to their engagement.
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.
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