PFLAG Southwest Washington began as a series of support meetings in 1993 and became an official PFLAG chapter in 1996.
PFLAG Southwest Washington is one of over 400 PFLAG chapters that are all part of PFLAG National, the oldest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the nation and a powerful grassroots effort of volunteers. Founded in 1973, PFLAG National is committed to advancing support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people through support, education, and advocacy. Our memberships consists of families, friends and allies of LGBTQ+ people, as well as LGBTQ+ people themselves.
Began In-person support meeting
PFLAG Southwest Washington became an official PFLAG Chapter
Founded the Battle Ground meeting
Started Virtual Chapter meetings
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges in providing support are even greater, especially when there are LGBTQ+ people and their families who are living together under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders.
Sponsored annual summer picnic for local Triple Point youth.
Partnered with Children's Home Society in an annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival dinner for Triple Point youth.
Donated holiday gift bags for Triple Point youth.
Hold informational booths at events such as Vancouver's Saturday in the Park pride festival, the Peace and Justice Fair, and Clark College's pride event.
Provided free LGBTQ educational materials to the public.
Education & Advocacy
Partnered with other LGBTQ organizations and allies to advocate for positive LGBTQ legislation and in fighting discriminatory laws and initiatives.
Supported various initiatives and bills such as Marriage Equality, Bathroom bills, SB 5395 (CSHE), Panic Defense
Community education and support on issues and challenges facing LGBTQ+ people
Started meeting in Spanish