• 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:

     

    Support discussions

    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!

    General Meetings

    Educational topics open to the public

    Every second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

    Interested in past topics?

    Support for Trans Adults

    For trans people 18 and older

    Every first and third Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

    Contact Suzi at transgroup@pflaghoco.org

     

    Play Group

    Our play group for children under 12 is no longer running. If you're interested in starting one up, please contact info@pflaghoco.org.

     

  • parent support groups

    Howard County

    For parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning children of all ages

    When: Every second Tuesday, as an optional break out session to the general meeting, 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Virtually, on zoom.

    How to Join: Contact Judy Gaver, 410.848.5705 or judygaver@hotmail.com

     

    For parents of trans and gender creative children

    When: Every fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m

    Where: In person at the Owen Brown Meeting house - and virtual on zoom.

    How to Join: Contact Sarah C, 301.351.3675 or pflagconnect@gmail.com

     

    Baltimore County

    Support for parents of trans and gender creative children

    When: Every second Wednesday from 7:00pm-8:30pm

    Where: Divinity Lutheran Church 1220 Providence Rd Towson, MD 21093. In person Meeting begin in July 2021!
    How To Join: Contact JoAnne at joanne.pflagmd@gmail.com
  • Youth & Young Adult support groups

    Howard County

    Rainbow Youth and Allies

    What: A social group for LGBTQ+ youth and their friends, ages 12-17 in a safe space.

    When: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. We meet virtually on the 2nd Tuesdays and in person on the 4th Tuesdays

    How To Join: To join, submit this form

     

    Rainbow Young Adults + Allies (RYA+)

    What: The RYA+ is the newest community program offered by PFLAG Columbia / Howard County. The Rainbow Young Adults + Allies group is built to support LGBTQ+ young adults aged 18 to 25 who are just starting out in their adult lives. Whether it's college and grad school or starting a career and managing personal finances, the RYA+ is the best fit for all their needs. We are offering free mentorships by industry professionals, community leaders, and other professionals that are happy to coach, train, and encourage our members as they work to meet their goals.

    Where: Owen Brown Interfaith Center (OBIC) 

    When: Every First Friday from 7:30pm to 9:00pm 

    How: To join, fill out the form located here

    Who: Chris.hefty@pflaghoco.org for more info

     

     

    Tween Group

    What: A social group for trans, gender-creative, gender fluid tweens between the ages of 9 and 13 (no siblings please)

    When: Every 4th Sunday, 3:30 - 4:30

    Where: Room 101; parents can gather in room 103

    Who: pflagtweens@gmail.com

    Baltimore County

    Rainbow Youth and Allies

    When: Every second Wednesday from 7pm-8:30pm

    Where: Divinity Lutheran Church 1220 Providence Rd Towson, MD 21093. In person Meeting begin in July 2021!

    How to Join: Contact Lisa at jones.wynn.lisa@gmail.com

  • Columbia - Howard County PFLAG Scholarship for Outstanding LGBTQ+ and Allied Students

    We are still accepting applications for the 2021 Columbia - Howard County PFLAG Scholarship for Outstanding LGBTQ+ and Allied Students! Apply today!!

     

    Eligibility:

     

     Self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer plus (LGBTQ+) or as an ally who demonstrates outstanding support directly to the LGBTQ+ society and supports equality for all

     A resident of the state of Maryland who is currently attending, or planning to attend, a post-secondary educational institution during the 2021-2022 academic year, or

     A student currently attending, or planning to attend, a Maryland post-secondary educational institution in the state of Maryland during the 2021-2022 academic year (Maryland residency not required if attending a Maryland educational institution)

     Must complete a Columbia - Howard County PFLAG Scholarship application IN ITS ENTIRETY including all required supplemental forms (incomplete applications will not be considered)

     Cannot be receiving full tuition remission from other sources to fund the education (e.g., other full-tuition scholarships, established college trust fund, etc.)

     Cannot be a prior recipient of the Columbia - Howard County PFLAG Scholarship

     

    Deadline and Terms of Award:

     

     The completed application must be postmarked by May 31, 2021 and mailed to:

     

    PFLAG Columbia - Howard County

    Attention: Scholarship Committee

    P. O. Box 1479, Columbia, Maryland 21044

     

    Access the application by clicking here

  • Trainings 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 contact us at info@pflaghoco.org.

  • 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

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