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Beginning the Journey

A group of loving, friendly people is on a wonderful journey toward understanding and acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered persons. These people have a support group that meets here in Tucson every month.

If you have a friend or relative who is (or might be) gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, and you would like help to understand this person, you will find a rewarding experience at our support meetings.

Talk with someone who has been there.

What We Are About

PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

We meet every month as a support group. In these groups every individual is at a different stage in the journey to understand the nature of sexual orientation. We share our experiences, what we have suffered or enjoyed, and what we have learned.

All of us have homosexual friends and acquaintances. In most cases we don't know who they are, and when we do find out, we may not know how to respond. It is particularly hard if the gay or lesbian person is a member of your family or a very close friend.

Those who have attended several PFLAG support meetings are pleased to discover that each and every one of us, straight or gay, goes through almost the same steps as we better understand homosexuality.

The Coming-Out Process

When a family member realizes that he or she is homosexual and "comes out", it may take years to feel free to come out to friends and family, or it may never happen. The learning and growing experience accelerates rapidly if you go to PFLAG support meetings. After a while, happiness is being able to say "I don't have to hide anything from anyone".

Many gay and lesbian people also attend PFLAG meetings to get a better understanding of what their family members are going through. Their participation is very helpful to the parents and family of other gays and lesbians.

Understanding and love grow rapidly, and every meeting feels like a victory.

If a son or daughter has come out to you, or if you would like help in coming out to your family or friends, come to a PFLAG support meeting. We can also be of help if you are out but are not well received by family or friends. Our meetings are confidential, so you should not fear being "outed" by attending.

Not to be Cured but to be Understood

PFLAG people do not consider that homosexuality should be "cured", nor is there a way to do it.

Sexual orientation for men is either heterosexual or homosexual, with a few in between, known as bisexual. In women there is more of a continuum from heterosexual to homosexual. There is no evidence that people can move from one category to another. Neither is there evidence that "poor parenting" causes children to change sexual orientation, nor does "proper parenting" affect sexual orientation. One parent with a gay son commented: "I find it very comforting to be associated with a group of loving, caring parents who also have homosexual sons and daughters."

Other PFLAG Chapters

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national support, educational and advocacy organization. PFLAG was founded in 1981 by 25 parents. PFLAG is now very strong and speaks for many thousands of others. PFLAG affiliates, like the one here in Tucson, are located in over 425 communities throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and five other countries. PFLAG is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that is not affiliated with any political or religious institution.

If you would like to contact PFLAG, or want the address of the chapter in another community, call PFLAG Tucson, (520) 575-8660 and leave a message, or contact us at  Other Arizona PFLAG chapters are listed on this web site. If you want the address of PFLAG in another city, you may also contact PFLAG's national headquarters in Washington.

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(Last updated September 30, 2012 )