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Parents, Families and Friends
of Lesbians and Gays

Salem, Oregon Chapter

What does Salem PFLAG do?


We meet with others who desire respect, dignity, and equality for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or sexual identity.

We are mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and friends of GLBT and questioning people.

Through discussions, guest speakers, videos, literature, and friendships, we gain a better understanding and acceptance of GLBTQ people.


We work to secure equal rights and to end discrimination towards gays and lesbians, bisexual, transgendered and questioning individuals and couples.

PFLAG members often advocate for legislation that directly affects the lives of GLBT people and their families.

We can contact our legislators, visit school boards or attend city council meetings, write letters to newspapers, and attend public rallies that call for equal rights for all people.


We speak out to enlighten an often ill-informed public.

In our families
- we practice acceptance, encouragement, and love.

In the workplace
- we stand up for diversity and equal treatment for all.

In our schools
- we lend support to Gay-Straight Alliance clubs with assistance and mini-grants.
- we offer free "Safe Schools" training to school staff.

The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her gay son in New York's Pride Day parade. Enraged that her son had been beaten at a gay rights protest two months before while police did nothing, she carried a sign at the Pride march that said, “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of Our Children.” After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place in March 1973 at a local church. Approximately 20 people attended.

30 years later, PFLAG has grown to include more than 500 chapters nationwide, over 250,000 members, supporters, and affiliates, representing the largest chapter network in the struggle for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) rights. PFLAG acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

The parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

PFLAG of Salem meets every third Monday from September through May, 7:00 pm, at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, located at 700 Marion Street NE, in Salem. Please note that PFLAG is not affiliated with any religious organization. Dues are $25 per year.

Email PFLAG Salem

Contact: Diane Wolter @ 503-390-4573 | Bill Hayden @ 503-362-8631 | Pam Bowers @ 503-897-2524 | Gloria Holland Smith @ 503-371-3920

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Updated: 22 March 2007
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