Small Group Meetings Small Groups are the heart of PFLAG. It's a place where you can meet with other parents and loved ones of the LGBTQ community. Small groups offer parents, family, friends and allies to learn from each other, share stories and worries. LGBTQ folk are welcome to join small group discussions, as well. We all learn and support each other so that we can better support and advocate for each other.
Our general meetings will often have a Zoom link for those wishing to join for the guest speaker from afar. We also host a virtual small support group meeting on the third Sunday of the month. Registration links for each can be found on our home page or requested via email.
If you would like to receive an invitation, email us at helplinePFLAGhouston@gmail.com. Be sure to sign-up for our meeting emails if you have not already, as we will also email out the registration links prior to the meetings.
Our support group focuses on challenges and feelings associated with coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBTQ) and the way it touches relationships with families, friends and our larger communities. We understand that we are all here to better understand our own feelings about sexual orientation and gender identity and to support each other as we learn to embrace our own sexual orientation or gender identity, or that of our loved ones
Confidentiality is a top priority. Nothing said in small group will leave the meeting, nor will people be pressed to share more information than they are comfortable with during or after the meeting.
We provide support by listening carefully, sharing our own stories, and discussing our own problem solving experiences. We are sensitive to each person’s stage in the acceptance process.
We each speak from our own experiences, and respect the experiences of others.
We are supportive rather than confrontational. Anyone who is uncomfortable may make this known to the facilitator.
Everyone will be given the chance to speak. To ensure that this can happen, each person is asked to be conscious of the amount of time they are using in order to leave adequate time so that others may also speak. No one person is permitted to monopolize the conversation.
We are considerate of the group and do not have side discussions. Each person’s remarks are important to the whole group.
The facilitator will intervene when the guidelines are not followed and redirect the discussion.
Our main concern is to create a supportive atmosphere for all group participants.
Thank you for helping to create and be part of the family environment we have at our PFLAG support meetings.