programs

Support

We are pleased to offer monthly support groups for families, friends, allies, and members of the community in Northwest Indiana.

We also offer an online forum as a way to keep the conversations going from one support group meeting to the next. Visit the PFLAG-talk page on this site. You'll need to create a username and password in order to view or post any threads. Enjoy!

 

Education

PFLAG Crown Point offers education to individuals and communities on the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ, and provides information and resources on how to provide support and increase acceptance within the community.

You may also visit PFLAG National's Straight for Equality site for resources on being an ally / providing support. The PFLAG National site also has resources on their Safe Schools initiative.

Advocacy

Part of our mission is to advocate in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ

Make a Donation

PFLAG Crown Point is entirely run by volunteers and funded solely through membership dues and donations to cover our expenses.  We appreciate any support you can give!

Support

PFLAG Crown Point Northwest Indiana is pleased to offer monthly support group meetings for families, friends, allies, and members of the LGBTQ community in Northwest Indiana, as well as meetings for LGBTQ teens and meetings for parents of LGBTQ teens.  Please join us!

March 14, 2020 - PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19,

and to maintain the health and safety our members and meeting attendees,

our March and April meetings will be held by video/online conference only.

Please contact us by email (info@pflagcp-nwi.org)

or phone (219-216-1356) to receive instructions on how to join the video/online support meetings.

We will resume in-person meetings once it is deemed safe to do so.


New! PFLAG Support Group - Munster

Starting April 2, 2020

First Thursdays at Munster Branch of the Lake County Library, Munster, Indiana

For families, friends, allies, and members of the LGBTQ community

2020 Dates:

April 2 (ONLINE/VIDEO CONFERENCE ONLY)

May 7, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10,

October 8, November 12, December 10

6:00-8:00pm PFLAG support meeting

8:00-8:30m Chat/Clean up

(library closes at 8)

These meetings are intended for adults and older teens; younger teens may come if accompanied


PFLAG Support Group - Crown Point

Third Tuesdays at Crown Point Library in Crown Point, Indiana

For families, friends, allies, and members of the LGBTQ community

2020 Dates:

January 21, February 18,

March 24 (4th Tuesday - ONLINE/VIDEO CONFERENCE ONLY),

April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18,

September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15

Meeting Room 2

5:30-6:00pm Social/networking/orientation time

6:00-7:30pm PFLAG support meeting

7:30-7:45pm Chat/Clean up

(library closes at 8)

Parking is in the library lot off of East Street, or across East Street in any of the free municipal lots


PFLAG "PAGES" Teens Group - Merrillville

Last Thursdays at Merrillville Branch of the Lake County Library in Merrillville, Indiana

For LGBTQ Teens & Teen Allies, ages 12-20

2020 Dates:

January 30, February 27,

March 26 (ONLINE/VIDEO CONFERENCE ONLY),

April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27,

September 24, October 29, November meeting held on December 3,

December 17 (3rd Thursday)

Meeting Room B

5:30-6:00pm Free time

6:00-8:30pm Support meeting, activities, social time

(library closes at 9)

A separate room is available for parents and guardians to meet in at the same time

Parking is in the library lot off of East Street, or across East Street in any of the free municipal lots


Parents of LGBTQ Teens & Youth - Merrillville

Last Thursdays at Merrillville Branch of the Lake County Library in Merrillville, Indiana

For Parents and Guardians of LGBTQ Teens & Youth of any age

2020 Dates:

January 30, February 27,

March 26 (ONLINE/VIDEO CONFERENCE ONLY),

April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27,

September 24, October 29, November meeting held on December 3,

December 17 (3rd Thursday)

Meeting Room C

5:30-6:00pm Free time

6:00-8:30pm Group discussion, support, resources,social time

(library closes at 9)

These meetings are for parents and guardians of LGBTQ youth and teens, and are generally unfacilitated (group run); teens meet separately in the room next door



New! PFLAG "PAGES" Teens Social Space - Merrillville

Starting April 11, 2020

Second Saturdays at Merrillville Branch of the Lake County Library in Merrillville, Indiana

For LGBTQ Teens and their friends - social gathering

2020 Dates:

April 11 (ONLINE/VIDEO CONFERENCE ONLY),

May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12,

October 10, November 14, December 12

Meeting Room B

2:30-4:15pm Social time, games, activities, music

(library closes at 5)

Parking is in the library lot off of East Street, or across East Street in any of the free municipal lots


 

All support groups are open to the public, and there is no fee or preregistration required. However, we encourage you to join our chapter as a member, or make a donation, to help us further our mission. Please join us!

 

Support meetings include time for socializing/networking, support discussions, and an educational topic. The meetings are peer-facilitated and are not therapy groups. All are welcome!  Please contact us if you have questions.

education

Educational topics during our support meetings may include (but are not limited to):

  • LGBTQ 101
  • Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
  • Transgender Issues
  • LGBTQ History
  • How to be an Ally
  • LGBTQ Harrassment
  • The LGBTQ Community as Consumers
  • How to Advocate for LGBTQ Issues
  • Marriage Equality
  • Suicide Prevention

advocacy

Advocacy is a big part of the mission of PFLAG, with members and supporters working to achieve LGBTQ equality through changing hearts, minds, and laws.  We work at the community level, at the city and state level, and at the federal level to effect change so that people who are LGBTQ are safe and equal in their communities.

 

Topics we may introduce to our members and support group attendees include:

  • Intro to Advocacy
  • 501(c)(3) Advocacy Guidelines
  • Preparing to Lobby: Sharing Your Story
  • Preparing to Lobby: Know Your Audience
  • Lobbying: In-Person Meetings
  • Lobbying by Phone
  • Lobbying by Email and Mail
  • Lobbying: Town Halls
  • Building a Coalition
  • Advocacy During Election Season
  • Advocating via Traditional Media
  • Advocating via Social Media

Coming Soon - Downloadable support, education, and advocacy resources, membership forms (fillable PDF), and more!