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)


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.
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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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Sunday July 24 – 10-6 p.m – Look for PFLAG at BALTIMORE PRIDE FESTIVAL .

Pride Festival 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016 —  10 AM to 6 PM

Druid Hill Park in northwest Baltimore
Rain or Shine


To view a map of the 2016 Pride Festival, please click here.
We hope you’ll stop by at our PFLAG TABLE to say “Hello”!
(We’ll post our exact location when information becomes available to us.)

The Pride festival is held in beautiful Druid Hill Park. This year’s Baltimore Pride Festival features many regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, a Family Zone, and plenty of fun for the whole community to enjoy. An estimated 5,000 celebrants come out on Sunday for the fun and festivities.

Click here for directions & Parking information :  Getting to Pride

Note that Baltimore City runs a paid parking area next to where the Pride Festival occurs.
Plus on street parking can usually be found without problems.

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Walk with PFLAG in Baltimore PRIDE PARADE – Saturday, July 23rd – 2 p.m. !


PFLAG chapters from all around the area will be walking together in the  annual Baltimore Pride Parade.

We’ve been instructed to try to be lined up and ready to go by 1:30 p.m.  Parade kicks off at 2:00 p.m.
PFLAG line-up position is #4 in Group B.
Look for the PFLAG contingent on the west side of Charles Street near the corner of W.Madison St..  This is near a grassy area on the north side of the Washington Monument.
PFLAG marches behind ‘Baltimore Youth Pride’ and in front of ‘Delegate Mary Washington’.
Click here to see a map of lineup area.
Bring Signs if you like!  Wear your message shirt, if you like!
Don’t forget to bring water & sunscreen.

The route is certainly not arduous .. just a few blocks long.  The Parade kicks off at the corners of Madison and Cathedral streets in Mount Vernon, and travels north on Charles to Chase Street.

Following the parade, from 4:00 – 10 p.m.,  fun will be had by thousands at the 2016 Baltimore Pride Block Party on Eager Street.
The streets of Mount Vernon will be transformed into a “nightclub without walls”!

Block Party

NEW THIS YEAR:  A special Youth Pride will take place on Read Street!!
(Just one block south of  adult Block Party)

Here’s a Map of the area where parade and Block Parties will take place:


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PFLAG Partnership with Howard County Police Department (HCPD) – July 12, 2016

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County’s July 12th meeting formalized and celebrated our Chapter’s active partnership with the Howard County Police Department.  Chief of Police Gary Gardner was present to introduce and explain the history of our Partnership.

Over the past year there have been partnership meetings with representatives from PFLAG’s steering committee and representatives from the HCPD Community Outreach Division resulting in the following Partnership Framework.2016-07-12 HCPD-PFLAG Partnership.2

The goal of our partnership is to enhance polic2016-07-12 HCPD-PFLAG Partnership.3e-community relations through active partnerships and community engagement.  The objectives include:

  • Identify community leaders in the Howard County LGBTQ+ Community
  • Enhance LGBTQ+ community engagement and partnerships
  • Educate the LGBTQ+ community on various programs and resources using the HCPD Community Outreach Section
  • Develop a communication system that eliminates barriers and encourages feedback between the LGBTQ+ community and the HCPD.
    2016-07-12 HCPD-PFLAG Partnership

Our desired outcome:

  • A continued method of stabilizing the community through mutual trust
  • A safer and more unified community
  • An engaged community with sound community partnerships
  • Increased collaboration and participation with youth and adult community programs
  • Recognition as a model for other communities to follow

Following the Partnership signing, there was a HCPD Community Outreach Division Panel presentation with Q&A from the audience.  The Panel included Lt. Jennifer Reidy-Hall, Commander, Community Outreach Division; Sgt. Stephanie Wall, Supervisor, Community Outreach Section; and Pfc. Bonita Linkins, Multi-Cultural liaison, Community Outreach Section.

The Panel presentation was very well received by the audience because of the helpful information communicated and the warmth and positive personalities of the speakers.

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