PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through support to cope in an adverse society; education, to enlighten and the information-driven public; and advocacy, to challenge discrimination and to secure equal rights. PFLAG provides opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation & gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. PFLAG has over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas across America. PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated, and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.
The Tulsa Chapter was founded by Nancy and Joe McDonald who were seeking information and education when their daughter came out in 1987. The Tulsa PFLAG Chapter was the 20th Chapter to be organized in the nation. Nancy went on to become the national PFLAG President. She spoke before congress regarding protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and on the Defense Against Marriage Act sponsored by Rep. Steve Largent from Oklahoma.
Nancy and Joe remain involved today, along with several other dedicated board members, many of who have long-standing service with the organization.