Our actions

We work toward the PFLAG objectives of Support, Education and Advocacy in many ways. Our monthly meetings provide time for support for those in need, as well as an educational program (see the Calendar page for some of our past program topics).

We participate in many local LGBT-related events, such as Pride Parades, Out in the Park, AIDS walks, Regional and National PFLAG conferences, etc. Tacoma PFLAG provides financial support to local organizations including the Pierce County Aids Foundation, the Rainbow Center, Heartstrong, Gay/Straight Alliances in local high schools, and other LGBT organizations.

In February 2008 we, in conjunction with 4 other local GLBTQ organizations, sponsored Rainbows Over Tacoma, an evening of comedy, music and interpretive dance at the Washington State History Museum. It was a great night out, and raised funds to help sponsoring organizations to serve the LGBT community.

We encourage our members to become advocates after they become comfortable with their positions on LGBT issues. These can be efforts as small as putting a bumper sticker on your car, bringing up the subject of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, etc. with your friends or co-workers, writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper, or making a phone call to your legislator. Our members also frequently volunteer to speak at local events or organizations to help others understand the issues faced by the LGBT community and their families/friends. Collectively, these “small” efforts can have a huge impact.

Tacoma PFLAG works to make schools a safer place for LGBT students. Terry Rhines, our Safe Schools Coordinator, has made significant inroads by speaking to students and providing diversity training to the staff in local schools. Terry’s essay on homophobia and harassment in schools is here.

We realize the importance of providing support and equal rights for GLBT military service personnel. In 2005, we organized a special event at the University of Washington, Tacoma, campus featuring Adm. Alan Steinman and Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, who discussed the military’s current policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

In July of 2009, Tacoma PFLAG received the Pierce County Pride Special Achievement Award to recognize its work in the local community.

In 2012 we worked hard to educate people about Referendum 74 that made Marriage Equality a reality in Washington State.

´┐╝We also have a lot of fun! Our board meetings are full of energy and interesting ideas. If you would like to help in our efforts, please inquire about becoming a member of our board.