PFLAG (pronounced “P-flag”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Jersey Shore PFLAG is one of over 350 local chapters across the country and around the world.
By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision 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
• Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who
Additional information about PFLAG’s history, vision, structure and more can be found on the About page of the National PFLAG website.
Jersey Shore PFLAG Chapter
Jersey Shore PFLAG was formed in 2004 and serves Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey. Our main role in the community is hosting monthly support meetings (one for all LGBT topics and one exclusively for transgender topics) that provide comfort, information and discussion about LGBT issues in a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment. We have helped countless parents who were struggling to accept their child after they came out as gay, LGBT teens who were being harassed in school because of their sexuality, transgender people who were struggling with their transitioning process, and LGBT individuals and their loved ones in many other situations. If you or someone you know is in a situation similar to these, we urge you to join us at a support meeting.
We also sponsor a number of other special events throughout the year. Past events have included things like panel discussions for parents of LGBT youth at local libraries, involvement in LGBT awareness training seminars for schools and workplaces, sponsorship of social and cultural events like LGBT youth dances and the NJ Gay Men’s Chorus, and much more. The Upcoming Events page has a full list of special events we are currently planning.
We have provided a set of FAQs on our Support Meetings page to address some of the most frequently asked questions about Jersey Shore PFLAG.
Jersey Shore PFLAG Board Members and Facilitators
Abby Maisonave – President and facilitator
Michele Nelson – Treasurer and facilitator
Gregory Pilling – Secretary
William Placek – Fundraising coordinator and facilitator
Teri Keynton – Facilitator
Seth Rainess – Facilitator
October 16, 2014 – Jersey Shore PFLAG Honored with Resolution by NJ State Legislature
We are proud to announce that Jersey Shore PFLAG, along with the other PFLAG chapters in New Jersey, were honored by the State Senate and General Assembly! We were given a resolution acknowledging the work and support we do in our communities, in honor of the 20th anniversary of LGBT History Month and the one year anniversary of marriage equality in NJ. Seth Rainess, our transgender meeting facilitator, went to Trenton to accept the resolution on the chapter’s behalf. Seth is pictured above with Linda Murphy of the Collingswood chapter. Congratulations to all the chapters in New Jersey! This is quite an honor!
April 26, 2012 – Jersey Shore PFLAG Receives Humanitarian Award!
Jersey Shore PFLAG is proud to have received the Humanitarian Award from the American Conference on Diversity! It is truly a great honor to be recognized for our work in the local LGBT community. We would like to thank the Conference for this award as well as all of our chapter members and volunteers, without whom we would not be able to fulfill our mission of supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBT individuals and their families and friends. Thank you!