Since 1973 parents have joined together in different cities to support each other and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children or family members. Our St. Louis chapter of PFLAG is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1977 as St. Louis FLAG. The chapter co-founders were Art and Marian Wirth and Rita Garcia Warren.. Both families had gay children, and they desired a safe place where they could meet and discuss the feelings and emotions of a child coming out to their parents. They started meeting in each others homes, and when the group became larger, moved to a meeting room at Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood. BY 1981 the national organization was formed with the acronym PFLAG to include parents. Although members are mostly moms and dads, other supportive family members attend on a regular basis as well as friends who want to make a difference. LGBT community members also attend and appreciate the special acceptance of our caring parents. Everyone is welcome at PFLAG!
We meet the third Saturday of the month at the Holy Communion Episcopal Church, located (two blocks east of Hanley Road) at 7401 Delmar Boulevard, University City, Missouri 63130. The only time that changes is December when we have our annual holiday party. We send out invitations in late November with the party date. We begin our meetings at 7:00pm and usually end around 9:00 pm. There is no need to call ahead unless you would like to talk to a parent first. In that case, call our HELPLINE at (314) 872-0288, leave a message, and your call will be returned.