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Bridging the LGBTQ+ and Allied Communities By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through: Support for families, 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.
PFLAG Denver was founded in 1980 when several parents whose children had come out to them as gay or lesbian met to share their concerns. They set up support groups and a Helpline to assist themselves and other parents, and later a Speakers' Bureau, monthly programs, and a newsletter to educate themselves and the broader community. Over time the chapter also began and offered for nearly 25 years, until it was no longer needed -- an AIDS Family Support Group. PFLAG Denver has been an active chapter for over thirty-five years, with no breaks in service, even in the face of occasional tight budgets. During that time period we have consistently been active partners with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups in the metro area (i.e., publicizing and providing volunteers to their activities, attending and setting up information tables at their events, donating money to them, etc.). Additionally, we compiled and have kept updated a directory of welcoming and affirming faith communities in Colorado, erected two billboards in support of LGBT equality, initiated a scholarship program, offered financial assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS, created Facebook and a website which list our services, testified on behalf of or in opposition to pending Colorado legislation, and expanded our services to include transgender persons and their families.