• 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 LGBT 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 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!

    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 seeallsides22425@gmail.com

    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

    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 us at 443.518.6998 or info@pflaghoco.org

    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: info@pflaghoco.org

     

    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 within the LGBT community.

    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.

    Choose Civility

    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.

  • PFLAG Howard County Scholarships

    2018 PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Scholarship Winner:

    Marybeth Spargo.


    In addition to being a well-rounded student, Marybeth is an LGBTQ champion, role model, and leader in a conservative high school, located in a conservative county. This has been challenging for her and has inspired her to create safe space and a solid sense of community for those who are LGBTQ. She has accomplished this through serving as Vice President and President of the LGBTQ Issues Club at her high school, working with other groups in the school to address LGBTQ concerns and raising awareness in the community.

     

    She would like to pursue a career in writing for TV and movies. She wants to influence change and portray diverse individuals in stories so that people can see themselves reflected positively.
    Marybeth says, "At the end of the day, all any of us want is to be happy, unafraid, and free to be ourselves."
     

    We are excited to award Marybeth this scholarship to help her reach her goal of influencing a positive change in LGBTQ representation.

    Scholarship application

    Apply Now!

  • Advocacy

  • Regional LGBT Pride Celebrations

    B'More Aware of HIV

    Quality Education and Affordable Housing

    Amend CB 1-2018 and CB 2-2018

    Marriage Equality

  • 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 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 info@pflaghoco.org 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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