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History 

PFLAG National was founded in 1973 by a parent, Jeanne Manford. Attending a parade with her gay son, Jeanne won the hearts of many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people who begged her to speak with their parents. Jeanne held the first PFLAG Support Group meeting on March 11, 1973 at a church in Greenwich Village.  For over four decades, PFLAG has provided support to families and allies who are in need.  

PLAG National currently has over 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 volunteer Regional Directors.

A Vision for Asheville

PFLAG Asheville, founded in 2018, is a chapter of PFLAG National. We support. We educate. We advocate. We are glad you found us. 

PFLAG Asheville envisions a world where inclusion is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. 

 

PFALG Asheville is here to support everyone. 

Our Mission

The purpose of this Chapter shall be to support the mission of the PFLAG organization. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its mission through: support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ, education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ, and advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ. 

Our Team

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Daniel Baker

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KT Merseles

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Ramona Schwartz

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Kat Harris

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Savannah Nobles

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Amanda N. Simons

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Jess McCabe

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Matthew Popielarczyk

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Ash Timmons

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