We advocate for equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. As issues arise, you'll find us fighting for non-discrimination ordinances, talking with school boards, writing letters, and working to create a better world for all.
Our monthly support meetings are a time for group and interpersonal conversations in a supportive, loving, and compassionate environment. Through sharing our stories we learn of the incredible diversity in identity, attraction, expression, and biological sex. We welcome LGBTQ+ individuals, parents, friends, family members, and allies. At a meeting you're likely to find teens, parents, friends, siblings, spouses, grandparents, gay, straight, asexual, bisexual, non-binary, transgender, and gender-fluid people - and we think this is pretty wonderful. This is a place to find resources, community, and understanding. No one is obligated to share or speak; just listening and attending can be a valuable experience.
We seek to increase our understanding of LGBTQ topics and issues, and promote understanding of these in the greater Akron community. At our heart, we are family-centered and passionate storytellers. We know the power of a story from a family member, neighbor, or friend can transform personal attitudes. We share our stories and resources with libraries, churches, health centers, schools, community organizations, and local businesses. Contact us for speakers, employee resource materials, panel discussions, and information sessions.
PFLAG Akron envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. We achieve these goals through education, advocacy, and support. We meet people where they are and accept that people come from different backgrounds, religions, and political affiliations, and we treat everyone with respect. Our meetings are held in a church, but we are not affiliated with any religion. Our meetings are confidential. We open every meeting with these words and are committed to creating a safe and empowering environment.
We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization founded in 1981, largely through the efforts of one Akron mother and a gay professor at Kent State University. Our chapter is the oldest in Ohio, and a part of the national PFLAG organization with a network of 400+ chapters.