The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York’s Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today’s Pride parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place on March 26, 1973 at the Metropolitan-Duane Methodist Church in Greenwich Village (now the Church of the Village). Approximately 20 people attended.

Jeanne Manford and her son Morty marching in 1972

In the years since 1973, PFLAG has evolved and grown in the national grass-roots organization that exists today. You can read the whole story here.

History of PFLAG Fort Collins/Northern Colorado

Beginning Chapter:

  • The first meeting in February 1991 had about 15 people.
  • Applied for a Taxpayer Identification # in late 1991.
  • Recognized as a tax-exempt organization in 1994.
  • Incorporated in the State of Colorado in 1997.

Meeting Places:

  • Kay Valeria’s home
  • Foothills Unitarian Church
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Collins’ Human Resource Building
  • Hope Center
  • Plymouth Congregational Church

Presidents:

  • Kay Valerio
  • Bill Parks
  • David Dinwoodie
  • Nancy Delap and Jim Farmer
  • Jana Knezovich
  • Julie Wilson
  • Stewart Anderson
  • John Case