Begin the Journey with PFLAG Pittsburgh
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
When a person member realizes that they are not straight, it may take years to feel free to come out to friends and family, or it may never happen. PFLAG provides a safe place to talk about your feelings and meet others on the same journey.
Many gay and lesbian people also attend PFLAG Pittsburgh meetings to get a better understanding of what their family members are going through. Their participation is very helpful to the parents and family of other gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender.
Understanding and love grow rapidly, and every meeting feels like a victory. If a child has come out to you, or if you would like help in coming out to your family or friends, come to a PFLAG support meeting. We can also be of help if you are out but are not well received by family or friends. Our meetings are confidential, so you should not fear being “outed” by attending.
PFLAG Pittsburgh provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
We meet every month as a support group. In these groups every individual is at a different stage in the journey to understand the nature of sexual orientation and gender identity. We share our experiences, what we have suffered or enjoyed, and what we have learned.
We all have LGBTQ friends and acquaintances. In some cases we don’t even know who they are, and when we do find out, we may not know how to respond.
Those who have attended support meeting are pleased to discover that each and every one of us, straight or gay, goes through almost the same steps as we better understand each other.
PFLAG Pittsburgh does not consider homosexuality as anything that can or should be “cured.” Sexual orientation is commonly classified as heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual.
There is no evidence that people choose to be homosexual, bisexual or queer. Neither is there evidence that “poor parenting” causes children to change sexual orientation, nor does “proper parenting” affect sexual orientation.
Not to be Cured but to be Understood
Finding Support When Someone Close to You Comes Out
Keeping relationships strong and keeping families together when someone comes out is one of PFLAG Pgh's most important activities. PFLAG Pgh's helps parents when they find out that a child is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Brothers, sisters, and other family members also find information and advice through PFLAG Pgh that helps them better understand and strengthen relationships with LGBT loved ones.
Just as important as serving the families and friends of LGBT people is helping LGBT individuals directly when they experience difficulties coming out and finding acceptance from their families. Coming out is a process that is liberating but also difficult. At PFLAG Pgh, we understand the journey that LGBT people go through as they accept themselves and come out to others. We offer support and unconditional love through that journey.