PFLAG chapters in more than 400 communities
The Atlanta group has two chapters with roughly 200 paid member families, and a rotating cast of visitors; Voutos said while they don’t keep a tally of visitors, each of the support circles has been growing to upward of 30 attendees, she said.
Those range from men and women who are practicing coming out themselves to families anticipating a member coming out.
“On the other hand, we have parents coming in who are distraught and not understanding and in tears,” Voutos said. “[They’re] really struggling to find a place where they can connect with their child.”
It was the desire to see her child accepted that originally led Manford to join her son marching down Christopher Street all those years go. According to PFLAG lore, so many gay and lesbian men and women approached Manford to speak to their parents that she decided to begin a support group.
The first meeting took place on March 26, 1973 in a Greenwich Village church, according to the national group. About 20 people attended.