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 activity 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 email@example.com
For parents of trans and gender creative children
Every fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Contact Sarah C, 301.351.3675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
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 LGBTQ+ 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 within the LGBTQ+ community.
Chase Brexton has been an important partner in ensuring the adequate availability of affirming health professionals for the LGBTQ+ community in Howard County and the surrounding regions.
Howard County Public Library System
The HCPLS has recently begun to partner with us to promote LGBTQ+ 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.
As an Advocating partner we take part in cultivating community pride, in demonstrating the Principles of Civility and positively influencing the quality of life in Howard County.
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
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 email@example.com with your request for a topic not included below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 410.848.5705.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catherine V. Hyde
Transgender Understanding & Sensitivity
Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students
Parenting Our LGBTQ+ 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 email@example.com or 410.493.3443.