PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALLIED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Incorporation and First Conference: The paper work for incorporation and non-profit, tax exempt status was drawn up by December of 1981, and approved by the State of California in January of 1982, representing some 20 groups across the nation. (It was the first organization incorporated in the State of California with the words "gay" and "lesbian" in its name.) Even before official recognition, the new "Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays" put out its first newsletter. Plans were already underway for the first National Convention, slated for August, 1982. Katie Urbanek and her husband came for the convention, she reports: "[When Harry and I went] back to Los Angeles for the first PFLAG convention, there were about 100 people there! We thought we had the world by the tail." From that day, the National PFLAG Organization has been the vehicle for groups of parents throughout the country to share information, trade good ideas, support each other, and join their voices together in a way that commands attention at the highest level of government in this country. PFLAG National has provided information to presidents, testified before congress, and submitted amicus briefs to the Supreme Court. We've come a long way.
Would I have had the courage to take this step?
What can I do now to move equality forward?
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