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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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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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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PFLAG National Statement on Attack in Orlando

Candle“As ambassadors of love and hope, PFLAG members will continue to support our extended family of LGBTQ people, families, and allies through these dark, anxious moments and beyond. Let us join in unity to end violence and hatred…”

As details continue to emerge from Orlando, our collective sadness, anger and grief is overwhelming. Our hearts are with those anxiously awaiting word of the safety of their loved ones, or who are already trying to cope with the unbearable loss of innocent lives. We thank the many first responders who saved, and continue to save lives.

PFLAG knows that the effects of this deliberate shooting spree that targeted an LGBTQ nightclub on Latin Night will ripple across the country, reviving anxiety and painful emotions for anyone who has experienced hateful actions themselves or against loved ones because of who they are. We concur with President Obama’s message: This unprecedented massacre, this act of terror, this act of hate against people who are LGBTQ, was an attack on the fundamental belief in equality and dignity for all people.

At PFLAG, it tragically reminds us that our work is far from over. As ambassadors of love and hope, PFLAG members will continue to support our extended family of LGBTQ people, families, and allies through these dark, anxious moments and beyond. Let us join in unity to end violence and hatred.

PFLAG National ImageTo share this statement visit https://www.pflag.org/press-releases/pflag-national-


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PFLAG Meeting on June 14th – RYA to discuss unintended ‘Microagressions’

A Microaggression is  defined as a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant/marginalized group.  This is often unintentional,  but it unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.  It could be a comment you’ve made without realizing what it is or how it affect someone in the marginalized group.
Please Join Rainbow Youth and Allies
as we discuss and break down the important issues surrounding microaggressions.
Crystal Ogar

Gender and Women’s Studies UMBC ’15
Rainbow Youth & Allies Facilitator Howard County

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Plan to join with PFLAG at Capital Pride Parade and Festival this Weekend –

We hope you’ll plan to come along with your PFLAG family and friends to enjoy some of this delightful weekend.
We Promise you that if you march with PFLAG in Saturday’s Parade, you’ll find it to be a delightful experience you will never forget !!

New PFLAG Banner

Saturday June  11th : Annual Capital Pride parade @ 4:30
Sunday June 12th – Capital Pride Festival

Capital Pride Parade —  Dupont Circle to Logan Circle, Washington, DC
Each Marching Groups has been assigned to an AREA identified by COLOR.. Groups in each color area will be lined up according to their time of arrival PFLAG is assigned to PURPLE ZONE 100. which is on 22nd Street.   To reach that zone you have to enter from either M or N Streets.
It is suggested that walkers arrive between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m.
Parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m.
Metro-DC will have a truck if someone feels they cannot walk the entire route.
CELL PHONE # Meto DC Office manager  is 240-600-0884 .If needed, you can reach him at this # on day of Parade.
This map might make it easier to find us as we line up:   Parade Staging Map

 And Here’s a link to the Parade Route:   Parade Map
The annual Pride Parade steps off Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm, from 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC. It travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street

Capital Pride Festival
Joining us for the Festival? ……  Festival Staging Map
PFLAG is in the Red Zone –  booths R116 & R117.
Sunday, June 12, 2016  Noon – 7 PM
Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC       http://capitalpride.org/

Please Mark Your Calendar and Watch for Further Details on these Upcoming Pride Events !!
Saturday June 25: Frederick Pride Festival
Saturday July 23: Baltimore Pride Parade
Sunday July 24: Baltimore Pride Festival at Druid Hil


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May 10 –7:30 pm: Award of Scholarship plus program: “Parent-Youth Dialogue”

Graduation Cap on RainbowPlease join us at our PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Meeting on May 10, 2016 when a $2000 college scholarship will be awarded to a promising recipient.

The Parent-Youth Dialogue will include input from our parents and response from our youth.  We want parents to have an opportunity to share their feelings about parenting an LGBTQ child.  For example saying:  “I didn’t understand how you felt, so I didn’t want to believe you.”  Or, “I was afraid I had done something wrong and this was all my fault.”
We ask parents to think about what they would like to share for this program.  The youth will have an opportunity to respond and ask 2015-06 PFLAG Columbiatheir own questions of the parents.  Our hope is for a better understanding of both the youth and parents’ journeys.

Time: 7:309:30 p.m

Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD21045

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