Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc.

  • Waltham, MA
  • http://www.gbpflag.org

Mission Statement

Greater Boston PFLAG works to create environments of understanding so that all people can live with dignity and respect through:

Support: to cope with an adverse society

Education: to enlighten the public

Advocacy: to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights


Greater Boston 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.

Main Programs

  1. Safe Schools & Communities Program
  2. Outreach & Support Groups Program
  3. Scholarship Program
  4. Resources & Helpline Program
  5. Relgious Outreach & Workplace Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

With a moral and state mandate to prevent bullying and
rejection of LGBT youth and grow family acceptance of LGBT individuals, GBPFLAG
has been protecting human rights and creating anti-violence initiatives in
communities across Massachusetts for over 30 years

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Pam Garramone

Keywords

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PFLAG, Greater Boston PFLAG, GBPFLAG, GB-PFLAG, LGBT, ant-bullying, bullying, youth leadership, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered,

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Also Known As

Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays, Inc.

EIN

04-3272394

 Number

7851412709

Physical Address

85 River St, Suite 3A

Waltham, MA 02453

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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All of our programs foster dialogue, create safe environments, open hearts, and educate minds to help society counter violence and negative stereotypes against LGBT individuals and their parents, families, friends and allies. Our work strives to have LGBT youth achieve happiness, acceptance, and self-esteem; to have parents understand and connect with their children; to help families work through sometimes difficult feelings; and to train schools and other institutions and businesses on how to provide safe, inclusive, healthy environments.
GBPFLAG maintains a helpline, matches families, designs and implements education, outreach and support programs, all of which aim to increase understanding and awareness among family and community members about prejudice and violence against LGBT individuals, anti-LGBT bullying behavior in schools, and rejection of LGBT individuals within their families and religious institutions.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Safe Schools & Communities Program

Since 1994, Greater Boston PFLAG's Safe Schools and Communities Project has helped schools establish safe environments where all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can flourish and grow. Teachers and students are given the tools to recognize and address what LGBT students cope with in school each day. They are empowered to bring about change and given the resources to support long-term progress. Our speakers are parents, family members and friends of LGBT people, as well as LGBT people. We share our personal stories and address anti-gay name-calling and bullying. We are available for:

Classroom discussions and assemblies

Faculty and administrator training

Student leadership summits

Diversity days, Day of Silence programs, health fairs, violence prevention workshops, and panel discussions

Gay/straight alliance assistance

PTA sponsored evening events for parents

Budget estimate includes staff time, administrative cost and and 1/5 of total operating expenses.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$150,660.00

Program 2

Outreach & Support Groups Program

Greater Boston PFLAG started with a small group of parents with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) children who began meeting in private homes in Cambridge in 1978. Today we are part of a national grass-roots organization with over 500 PFLAG chapters located throughout the United States and the world. We are parents, families, friends and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons who are committed to giving support to one another.

 
Our support groups, which we call chapter meetings, are a great place to get to know other people with LGBT family members and friends, and to receive information and support. Meetings are relaxed and informal, and everyone is welcome. We start with a brief information/business session and devote the remaining time to support. Each person has an opportunity to speak, but no one is pressured. Discussions are completely confidential.

 
A variety of people attend our meetings. They range from those who have just learned that their loved one is gay and who are struggling with disappointment and concern, to those who embrace their children's or loved one's homosexuality. LGBT persons, some closeted and some out, are also participants. Attendance varies every month and can range from four to 30 people.
 
Budget estimate includes volunteer coordination time only, administrative cost and and 1/5 of total operating expenses, and does not include fundraising expenses.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$9,470.00

Program 3

Scholarship Program

Each year Greater Boston PFLAG awards scholarship money to high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in improving their school’s climate for LGBT youth.
 
Applicants must be planning to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or technical/vocational school in the next academic year. Awards are not based on grades or financial situation.
 
All students are welcome to apply: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or straight. People of color and trans youth are encouraged to apply.
Greater Boston PFLAG’s Elsie Frank Scholarships honor the late mother of Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. Mrs. Frank was a member of Greater Boston PFLAG’s Honorary Board and a lifelong advocate for the rights of marginalized people.

 
Budget estimate includes volunteer coordination time only,
administrative cost and and 1/5 of total operating expenses, and does
not include fundraising expenses.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$19,570.00

Program 4

Resources & Helpline Program

We know it's sometimes difficult for a parent to accept that a child is
gay. It can be unexpected. It can raise fears for a child's safety and
other feelings. We know because we've been there.  Education and support are essential elements on the path to
understanding and acceptance. Our help line, one-to-one parent support, and chapter meetings are a wonderful way to meet other parents and LGBT people to get support and information.This program also distributes print and media resources to any individual or group that makes a request.  In addition, we provide literature at all speaking/school engagements.

 

Help Line
Toll-free help line: 866-GBPFLAG (866-427-3524)

 

Trained
parent and family volunteers are available to answer questions, listen,
and provide resources. Our volunteers are parents with LGBT sons or
daughters, and siblings of LGBT adults. They have offered to listen to
and share their experience with other parents or family members. All
calls are confidential and anonymous. 

 
One-to-One Parent Support
If you wish to speak more extensively over the phone or in person with
one of our trained volunteers, we offer one-to-one parent support. We
match your situation to that of one of our volunteers – a dad with a gay
son can speak to another dad if he wishes. All meetings are
confidential.
 
Budget estimate includes volunteer coordination time only,
administrative cost and and 1/5 of total operating expenses, and does
not include fundraising expenses.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$30,970.00

Program 5

Relgious Outreach & Workplace Programs

Because of the success of our extremely vibrant and growing support group model we have developed for parents of
transgender and gender non-conforming children (Currently serving well over
100 families in the Boston area), we are expanding education and outreach into religious communities and the workplace.

 

We
have developed a workplace program to meet the needs of employees, whether LGBT
or their family members, and to improve corporate climates and make them more
accepting of human diversity. Strategies for reaching more corporations and
expanding EAP collaborations will be part of our short and long term focus.

 

We continue to do outreach to religious communities, across all
faiths, working with clergy and religious educators to build skills and
competencies that promote family acceptance of LGBT family members. 

 
Budget estimate includes volunteer coordination time only,
administrative cost and and 1/5 of total operating expenses, and does
not include fundraising expenses.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$16,970.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

With a moral and state mandate to prevent bullying and
rejection of LGBT youth and grow family acceptance of LGBT individuals, GBPFLAG
has been protecting human rights and creating anti-violence initiatives in
communities across Massachusetts for over 30 years

Funding Needs

Greater Boston PFLAG aims to expand our services into a greater number of communities in Massachusetts. General funding needs include increasing staff capacity, programmatic services and infrastructure improvements such as larger office and meeting space, improved technology, and communication needs.  More specifically, increased funding will help us work toward the following measurable long-term goals in order to meet and exceed these goals: Hire a field program staff person to reach the 329 Middle Schools and 296 High Schools in the state once a year for faculty training and anti-bullying education to students; Grow a PT-position to a FT-position in order to provide better program scheduling, handling of live hotline calls, and increase collaboration with more Gay-Straight Alliances and PFLAG Chapters; and Develop a marketing plan to better promote the Safe Schools and Communities Program, the Workplace Program, and other GBPFLAG support groups, services and trainings.

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GREATER BOSTON PARENTS FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF LESBIANS & GAYS INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Pam Garramone

BIO

Pam Garramone received her degrees from Oswego State University, B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education from the University of New Hampshire.  Pam has taught elementary school and designed and presented personal
development workshops. As Greater Boston PFLAG’s executive director, she
conducts educational programs annually in middle and high schools
statewide, and in community, corporate, and religious organizations.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are 3k individuals whose goal is to create an environment of understanding in Massachusetts so that our LGBT family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive. We provide support to cope with an adverse society, educate youth and adults, and advocate to end discrimination and secure civil rights. Our programs consist of: monthly support groups; confidential phone and 1-to-1 parent support; Safe Schools Program training for faculty, parents and students; Student Leadership Summits ; speakers bureau for religious, corporate and community organizations; college scholarships; gay straight alliance assistance; and free publications. Our educational and community outreach programs are the vehicles that deliver our mission: to create environments of understanding so all people can live with dignity and respect through dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, thereby creating a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Deb Peeples

Self Employed

Term: June 2012 - June 2013

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