What we're about
PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside a chapter of PFLAG National (https://www.pflag.org), serving residents of East King County communities, including Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Bothell, Woodinville, Duvall, Snoqualmie, and Carnation. We are a support, education and advocacy group and the extended family of the LGBTQ community.
Our chapter consists of LGBTQ individuals, family members, and straight and LGBTQ allies, and is safe and accepting group. We’re often the first place that people turn to when they or someone they love (often their child) comes out as LGBTQ and also provide ongoing connection for LGBTQ people and allies.
We have many supporters and members (our full membership is not reflected on Meetup) and we look forward to making more connections here! We encourage you to explore our activities and services:
• Attend our monthly support meetings*
• Participate with us in local Pride Parades and get-togethers (like our annual picnic)
• Check our website (http://www.pflagbellevue.org) for extensive tools and resources
• Like/follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PFLAG-BellevueEastside-223437921005088/), where we daily post positive and affirming LGBTQ-related stories as well as events and advocacy opportunities.
• Volunteer in areas of advocacy and education that suit your skills and interests
*Our meetings are held the 7-9pm on the third Thursday of the month at First United Methodist Church (https://www.mapquest.com/us/washington/business-bellevue/first-united-methodist-church-of-bellevue-12513754) in Bellevue. (PFLAG is not affiliated with any ethnic, religious, economic or political group and the church is only a meeting space.) We start with support circles led by a facilitator and after a refreshment break we hear from a guest speaker/panel. For details, see our Meeting FAQ (https://pflagbellevue.org/meeting-faq/).
A NOTE ON PRIVACY: PFLAG adheres to a policy of strict confidentiality for our members. As part of the LGBTQ community, we are particularly cognizant of the need for privacy and discretion, as it is an issue many of us face in our families and place of employment. Meetup is a public website and its contents show up in searches. But Meetup also lets you specify the name and image that appears on its pages when you create your account. You can elect to use only your first name or a nickname and select a photo without your image (or opt to use no photo). And of course you don't have belong to Meetup to join our PFLAG chapter!