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PFLAG Santa Barbara

PFLAG Santa Barbara Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays-5792

Organization Mission

PFLAG, Parents, Families, Friends and Allies, United with LGBT People to Move Equality Forward: We envision a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its mission 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.

The Big Idea:
PFLAG Santa Barbara United with LGBTQ community to Move Equality Forward

We need support for our PFLAG meetings, where we work toward Proud People, Loving Families, and Safe Communities. We create a safe space for people who are gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. We work to generate family support, knowing how critical it is to the well-being of the LGBTQ person. We are working to make sure that people who are LGBTQ and their families are safe and secure, no matter where they live, work, study, pray, or play. We want to make sure that our community provides this type of security and has the resources needed to feel valued and thrive.

PFLAG Santa Barbara is a robust and critically important support for parents and friends of LGBTQ+ individuals. I’ve visited PFLAG SB as a guest speaker and as a community member. Each meeting has a warm, heartfelt feeling, where parents report they feel embraced where they are as they stretch in the direction of acceptance. They are safe to share their full selves: their fear, anger, confusion, and grief as well as their joy and acceptance. PFLAG SB is also a space of repair for adult LGBTQ+ individuals who’ve been rejected by their families of origin. For them to experience the warmth, love and acceptance of PFLAG SB parents is enormously healing. Pacific Pride Foundation is grateful to partner with and support PFLAG SB, and we hope it continues to be a cornerstone of family support for years to come.

— Patrick Lyra Lanier, Pacific Pride Foundation’s LGBTQ+ Program Manager, Age 34, Santa Barbara