PFLAG was founded to help parents, families and friends of LGBTQ persons to support each other and their loved ones. That’s still our core mission today. Talking with a person who has experienced what you are going through can help immeasurably. We urge you to call our Help Lines, or better yet, come to a meeting. Climbing the stairs to the meeting room was the hardest thing many of us have ever done and the best. Those were the first steps to healing. To get you started on your journey, we’ve listed some resources.
Some people who come to PFLAG have special situations. They may have just learned that their spouse is gay or they may be dealing with transgender issues. Some of the links provided deal with issues specific to these circumstances.
You will find tremendous acceptance, understanding, information, resources and support at a PFLAG meeting. For many of us, healing and hope began at our first meeting. Run by a trained facilitator, participants can share what’s on their minds in a supportive, non-judgmental environment, or simply listen. Strict confidentiality is observed.
Time: 3rd Wednesday of every month
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m)
Place: Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Boulevard
(North east corner of Wilshire and Warner
in the Wesley Room, look for our PFLAG signs)
At most meetings, rap groups are followed by refreshments and a speaker. The Los Angeles area is fortunate to have many academic, professional, and philanthropic LGBTQ organizations. Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and speak on topics that have included, but are not limited to, anthropology, psychology, biology, safe schools, equity for LGBTQ persons and their families, gay youth, and many others. See our Events page for information on our upcoming guest speaker.
Directions: Take the 405 Freeway to the Wilshire Boulevard East exit. Continue 1.5 miles to the church. The entry is immediately to the west of the main church door. Walk through the patio and up the stairs to the Wesley Room, located at the west end of the second floor. For those using public transportation, LA Metro bus number 20 stops at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Warner Avenue.
Parking: Please park in the underground lot of the Belmont Village Westwood, located on Wilshire Boulevard immediately to the East of the church. Enter the Belmont Village premises from Wilshire and proceed straight to the entry of the parking structure, on your right. Park on the 2nd or 3rd levels in any space NOT designated as BELMONT PARKING.
Use the elevator or stairs at the west end of the parking structure to get to ground level. As you exit the elevator pavilion, proceed to the right across the front steps of the church to the door just to the left of the main entrance.
Like all of our meetings, everyone in the LGBTQ community is welcome–along with all parents, family, friends and straight allies. Each of you will find a warm reception and understanding support.
Many individuals dealing with issues of gender identity find that they are minorities even at a PFLAG meeting. Our new Gender Focus meeting is designed to help end that isolation, with leaders experienced in transgender issues and knowledgeable about resources for
people with a variety of gender experiences including, but not limited to, transgender, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, gender creative, queer, and transsexual. Parents of
gender creative children are also encouraged to attend.
Time: 2nd Thursday of every month
7:30 - 9:30 pm (doors open at 7:15 pm)
Place: Bienestar in Hollywood
4955 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Directions: Three blocks West of Vermont Avenue or three blocks East of Normandie Avenue, on the North side of the street.
Parking: Free parking is available behind the building and on the street. Enter lot from Kenmore Avenue.
For more information about this meeting or to RSVP that you will be attending (not required), send an e-mail to GenderFocus@pflagLA.org
We look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon!
PFLAG Español So Cal
en Boyle Heights
Mi Centro - Boletín
553 S. Clarence Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Segundo miércoles - 7:00pm
PFLAG Espanol So Cal en East LA
Bienestar East LA
5326 East Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Tercer Jueves - 7:30 p.m.
PFLAG Espanol So Cal en
San Fernando Valley
En el Centro del Valle de San Fernando
Cuarto Viernes - 7:00 pm
Bienestar Valle de San Fernando
8134 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200,
Panorama City, CA 91402
Para mas informes llamen al 1-888-735-2488 #2 o visiten nuestra página: www.pflagEspanolSoCal.org
PFLAG SOUTH LA
Effective immediately, PFLAG Los Angeles will be suspending the South Los Angeles Meeting. Beginning in August the meeting will be closed as we transition to new leadership. We will make every effort to contact regular participants in this group and encourage them to attend other PFLAG meetings in the interim.
As an all-volunteer organization, we depend on the efforts of committed PFLAG members. Changes in their circumstances heavily impact the services we can provide.
Negotiations are underway with a LGBTQ affirming faith congregation in South Los Angeles, whose leaders have expressed an interest in starting a PFLAG meeting. Check our website and monthly emails for reports of progress on this partnership.
Send an email to southLA@pflagla.org if you'd like to speak with someone from the South Los Angeles area
PFLAG Los Angeles thanks
the IBM Corporation
for underwriting this project.
Dealing with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity can be very isolating. The need to discuss how you’re feeling, to ask questions, to receive support may be very great. But who to trust?
Our Help Lines are a safe place to get assistance. They are staffed by long-time PFLAG members, most of them parents or family members of LGBTQ persons. If you are a family member, be sure they have felt many of the same emotions you are going through and had many of the same questions. If you are an LGBTQ person, know that they have a lot of experience in listening to and supporting people just like you.
Your call will be completely confidential. If you wish, you can be anonymous. Supply as many or as few details as you like. Our trained help line volunteers will listen to whatever is on your mind. They will support you, encourage you, provide you with information and understanding. And they will never judge you.
If picking up the phone seems like too big a challenge, you can also get support by contacting us by e-mail. Messages are checked daily, and one of our Help line volunteers will contact you soon. You can also sign up to receive our newsletter by e-mail.
PFLAG Los Angeles Helpline
1.888.PFLAG 88 (1.888.735.2488)
Provides information on transgender visibility, news, articles, legislation, and resources, including a downloadable copies of Transgender Americans: A Handbook for Understanding.
A youth development program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Offering one-on-one, peer and group mentoring opportunities including workshops & activities that are fun and educational for LGBTQ youth ages 12-24.
Offers healthcare, counseling, legal services, and support groups to transgender individuals.
Advocates on a national level for legal protections and an end to discrimination for transgender persons.
A variety of resources for transgender individuals
and their families.
Friends of Project 10 Inc. supports programs which emphasize nondiscrimination and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. The organization works to assure that public schools are in compliance with state and federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and that academic achievement should not be limited by being part of a marginalized social group.
866-4-U-TREVOR (866.488.7386) a 24/7 suicide hotline for LGBT youth. On-line discussion groups, ask a question, safe social networking site for LGBT youth.
On-line discussion groups available.
A part of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, offers a wide range of health services including hormone treatments to trans youth.
Designed by and for families of gender variant children. Information, resources, on-line support group, newsletter, information to use with educators and therapists.