16th Annual PFLAG Family Picnic on Saturday October 1st – Noon to 3 p.m.

Each year, PFLAG's picnic brings together families, friends and allies to share an afternoon of food and fun.

Each year, PFLAG’s  picnic brings together families, friends & allies to share an afternoon of food and fun.

Chapter chair Pat English and chapter secretary Sue Garner enjoy some good grillin'.

Pat English & Chapter Chair, Sue Garner cooking up something good !


Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Noon to 3 p.m.  at Centennial Park , South Pavilion D , (off of Rt. 108)

NEW this year: Musical Performance at 1:45 p.m.by Georgie Jessup
check her out HERE )

2nd Annual Cutest Dog Contest (1:00 pm)

What to Expect

  • Parents, family members, friends, LGBTQ+, allies and children of all ages
  • Games for all ages
  • Lots of seating for relaxing and chatting
  • A large pavilion to protect us in case of rain
  • Cutest Dog Contest !!

What is Provided

  • Charcoal and cooking utensils
  • Soft drinks and ice
  • Cups, plates, eating utensils and napkins

What to Bring

  • Something to barbecue and a dish to share
  • The kids
  • A friend
  • Dogs on leashes welcome
  • Suggested Donation of $5 per family is appreciated


  • From Route 29, take exit 21B to MD 108 W/Old Annapolis Rd toward Clarksville.
  • Turn right at Ten Mills Rd and follow the PFLAG signs.Judy - 2004
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Oct.11th Meeting – Meet the Candidates for Howard Co. Board of Education

Please join us on Oct 11th, 2016 at 7:30pm to meet the candidates for Howard County Board of Education. We will have a Meet and Greet, followed by a forum with pre-selected questions. This will be a great opportunity to hear directly from the candidates their vision of how to keep our Howard County School System one of the best in the country.

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PFLAG Membership Campaign

Membership Campaign

  • PFLAG’S new fiscal year starts on October 1st.  This means it’s time for us to ask you to renew your membership or join PFLAG if you are not yet a member..
  • All donations to PFLAG Columbia-Howard Count are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
  • We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • We do not sell, lease, or loan our membership lists to individuals or organizations.
  • There are several ways to Join or Renew.
    You can download a Membership form Columbia  and mail it to the address on the form.
  • Or New this year:  Consider choosing a recurring sustaining Membership donation on either a monthly or annual basis using your Credit Card thru PayPal. Visit our Website  www.pflagmd.org  . Then click on the Credit Card Image in the upper right hand corner beneath the words  ‘Donate Now through PayPal’
    You can choose as little as $5. recurring monthly  or a minimum of $20. recurring annually.  (If you prefer, you can choose to make a one time donation.)
    Suggested monthly Donation:
    Premium: $20. — Standard: $10. –  Basic $5..
    Suggested annual donation: 
    Premium — $250. Flag Waver — $100 – Standard $60. – Minimum $20. as required.
  • Your annual donation to our chapter will also make you a member of National PFLAG.  Note that we will be sending  $15. of your annual donation to National PFLAG.  Take a moment to check out their website www.pflag.org to see some of the information, Benefits and Services available to members.

Whatever the size of your gift, or  however you chose to give, your generosity will have a strong and measurable impact because it represents a vote of confidence in the underlying principles that sustain our work and our mission.

Thank you. Your gift makes a difference.
For accounting and tax purposes, our Tax ID# is 52-1914184.


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Upcoming Dining Out event at Bertucci’s

Coming up in the Fall — Dining Out at Bertucci’s Fundraiser Event
We’re looking forward to having a  dining-out fundraiser event at Bertucci’s in Columbia.
Please watch for further news about Date and details !
Pizza 2

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Tuesday Sept. 13 – Free clothing exchange/giveaway

PFLAG is excited to have TransAAction Maryland Present:  Image-In, A Clothing & Style Giveaway as our Tuesday, September 13, 2016 program event at Owen Brown Interfaith Center from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
TRANSAACTION EVENTIn an effort to connect LGBT+ folks in need with appropriate resources, TransAAction Maryland has organized Image-In, an absolutely FREE clothing exchange/giveaway for all youth and adults, with great fashions, stylists, shoes, accessories and more!  There will be something for everyone:  clothing, belts, bras, bags, binders, wigs and more!  TransAAction Maryland’s general mission is to positively support, uplift and bring fulfilling opportunities to transgender individuals and their families through philanthropy, arts and science.
Please join us. 
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Opportunity for LGBT youth age 12-17 to participate in a Survey

Westat, a social science research company in Rockville, MD is looking to recruit youth ages 12 to 17 who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate in a 30-minute in-person interview. We are developing some survey questions on sexual orientation and gender identity for a national study being conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. We will be testing the questions in one-on-one interviews to be held in August, 2016. Interviews can be held either in Rockville, or in Washington, DC. All interviews will be confidential and written parental consent is required. Participants will receive $25 upon completion of the interview. To learn more about the study, parents should call toll-free 855-414-9253 and mention the BJS Study.  
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PFLAG Meeting on Tuesday August 9, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.: “Circle of Sharing”

PFLAG Meeting on August 9, 2016:  “Circle of Sharing”

Please join us at our PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Meeting on August 9th for a “Circle of Sharing”.  We will join together to share our journeys over the past year: celebrations, difficult issues, current concerns, questions to the group, support from the group, and concerns for the coming school year.

handsTime:  7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location:  Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045
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