About Us

We are A non profit GROUP

 

PFLAG Crown Point is a proud chapter of PFLAG National, and has 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization.  We are dedicated to providing support for families, friends, allies, and members of the LGBTQ community, education on LGBTQ issues to individuals and communities, and advocacy at community, city, state, and federal levels.

PFLAG Crown Point envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

PFLAG Crown Point realizes its vision through:

• Support for families, friends, allies and people who are LGBTQ

• Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ

• Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ

 

We do this by meeting people where they are and collaborating with others.

PFLAG Crown Point values mirror those of PFLAG National:

• Love & Compassion

• Leadership

• Diversity & Inclusion

• Community Engagement

• Lifelong Learning

 

Our priorities are People, Families & Allies, and Safe Communities

People:

PFLAG is working to make sure that all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer are not only valued by society, but take pride in and value themselves. We do this through providing peer-to-peer support, educating people on the issues that are important to the community, and advocating for inclusive policies and laws.

Families & Allies:

Support and acceptance from family, friends, and coworkers is critical to the health and wellbeing of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer…and PFLAG has been at the forefront of this work for over four decades. Find out more about how we have been supporting families, friends, and allies across the country and around the world, and the ways in which we can provide that support to those people close to you.

Safe Communities:

People who are LGBTQ and their families deserve to be safe and secure, no matter where they live, work, study, pray or play. Through our mission of support, education, and advocacy, PFLAG works to make sure that all communities provide this type of security, and have the resources needed to help those communities thrive.

 

For more information on these values and priorities, visit the PFLAG National website:

https://www.pflag.org/our-values

https://www.pflag.org/proudpeople

https://www.pflag.org/loving-families

https://www.pflag.org/safe-communities

 

The PFLAG Crown Point chapter began in 2018, after Elisabeth learned that her spouse had recently identified herself as a transgender female.  In doing research on the topic, she found that there was not much support for families – or members – of the LGBTQ community in the Northwest Indiana region.  The PFLAG Michigan City chapter was a huge influence in the formation of our chapter, as were the support groups in Goshen and Chicago.

 

Together with her spouse, Amari, and three other NWI residents, she started the process for chapter formation in Crown Point, to serve the Northwest Indiana region.  Amari has also started LGBTQ Northwest Indiana, to help fill that support void as well.

 

Through our relationship with PFLAG National, we have nonprofit status as a 501c(3) organization.

 

 

So how did PFLAG start?  (Source:  https://www.pflag.org/our-story)

 

The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York’s Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today’s Pride parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place on March 11, 1973 at the Metropolitan-Duane Methodist Church in Greenwich Village (now the Church of the Village). Approximately 20 people attended.

 

In the next years, through word of mouth and community need, similar groups sprang up around the country, offering “safe havens” and mutual support for parents with gay and lesbian children. Following the 1979 National March for Gay and Lesbian Rights, representatives from these groups met for the first time in Washington, DC.

 

By 1980, PFLAG, then known as Parents FLAG, began to distribute information to educational institutions and communities of faith nationwide, establishing itself as a source of information for the general public. When “Dear Abby” mentioned PFLAG in one of her advice columns, we received more than 7,000 letters requesting information. In 1981, members decided to launch a national organization. The first PFLAG National office was established in Los Angeles under founding president–and PFLAG LA founder–Adele Starr.

 

In 1982, the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., then representing some 20 groups, was incorporated in California and granted non-profit, tax-exempt status. In 1987, PFLAG relocated to Denver, under President Elinor Lewallen. Also in the 1980s, PFLAG became involved in opposing Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade and worked to end the U.S. military’s efforts to discharge lesbians—more than a decade before military issues came to the forefront of the LGBTQ movement. And by the late 1980s, PFLAG began to have notable success in organizing chapters in rural communities.

 

In 1990, following a period of significant growth, PFLAG employed an Executive Director, expanded its staff, and moved to Washington, DC. Also in 1990, PFLAG President Paulette Goodman sent a letter to Barbara Bush asking for Mrs. Bush’s support. The first lady’s personal reply stated, “I firmly believe that we cannot tolerate discrimination against any individuals or groups in our country. Such treatment always brings with it pain and perpetuates intolerance.” Inadvertently given to the Associated Press, her comments caused a political maelstrom and were perhaps the first gay-positive comments to come from the White House.

 

In the early 1990s, PFLAG chapters in Massachusetts helped pass the first Safe Schools legislation in the country. In 1993, PFLAG added the word “Families” to the name, and added bisexual people to its mission and work. By the mid-1990s a PFLAG family was responsible for the Department of Education’s ruling that Title 9 also protected gay and lesbian students from harassment based on sexual orientation. PFLAG put the Religious Right on the defensive, when Pat Robertson threatened to sue any station that carried the Project Open Mind advertisements. The resulting media coverage drew national attention to PFLAG’s message linking hate speech with hate crimes and LGBTQ teen suicide. In 1998, PFLAG added transgender people to its mission.

 

At the turn of the century, the national office of PFLAG began to also develop signature programs to support the chapter network and to raise the family and ally voice in the battle for equality. Programs like Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All, Straight for Equality, and the National Scholarship Program.

 

In 2014, the organization officially changed its name from “Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays” to, simply, PFLAG. This change was made to accurately reflect PFLAG members, those PFLAG serves, and the inclusive work PFLAG has been doing for decades. The mission and vision of the organization were also updated to further streamline and modernize the language, making it inclusive of everyone in the PFLAG family, while recognizing and celebrating the tremendous diversity of PFLAG’s membership, the communities PFLAG currently serves…and aims to serve in the future.

 

 

PFLAG Crown Point is a chapter of the national PFLAG organization (www.pflag.org).

 

Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 volunteer Regional Directors.

 

PFLAG started with families. For more than 40 years, the organization has been providing peer-to-peer support, publications, toolkits, and other resources to make sure that the family members of people who are LGBTQ get the support they need in the way that best serves their needs. This allows families to then further support, affirm, and advocate on behalf of their LGBTQ loved ones.  PFLAG also supports allies and members of the LGBTQ community.  For more information and resources, visit the PFLAG National website.

When an issue that affects our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender loved ones comes to the forefront of our society’s consciousness, the Board of Directors of PFLAG National often has or develops a Policy Statement on that topic.

 

These topics include:

·       Equality

·       Faith Community Relationships

·       Family

·       Hate Crimes

·       HIV and STD Prevention

·       Inclusive Sexuality Education

·       Intersex

·       LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class

·       Marriage Equality

·       Opposing So-Called Reparative or Conversion “Therapy”

·       Public Accommodations

·       Safe and Welcoming Schools

·       Sexual Exploitation of Youth

·       Unity and Inclusion

·       Workplace Equality

 

For more information on the PFLAG National policies on these topics, visit the PFLAG National website.

PFLAG Crown Point is entirely run by volunteers and relies solely on membership dues and donations to cover our expenses.  You are welcome to attend our support group meetings or other educational or cultural events without a charge, but we encourage you to become a member or make a donation so we can continue to work towards an inclusive society that accepts each individual regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

 

Since we are officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are 100% tax deductible.

 

The membership year is August through August; our National PFLAG dues are due September 30 of each year.

 

Membership dues include National dues of $15 and are as follows:

  • Student $15
  • Individual $30
  • Family $45

 

Donations may be in any amount.

 

Dues and donations may be submitted by check or money order to us at our mailing address:

PFLAG Crown Point

10769 Broadway, Suite #188

Crown Point, IN  46307

or through PayPal (by PayPal account or credit card).

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Elisabeth Menning

President

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Rebecca Blair

Secretary

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Jason Hyde

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Amari Victoria

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Liz Gonzalez

 

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