Floyd PFLAG: Past, Present, and Future

Beginning with a certificate of incorporation on 5 October 2009, from the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Floyd PFLAG had a humble beginning with a mission consistent with PFLAG National to educate, advocate for and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.  With increasing community support and visibility Floyd PFLAG now is the only local voice for LGBT inclusion in at least five rural Southwest Virginia counties including Wythe, Carroll, Grayson, Floyd and Patrick Counties.  By 2013 Floyd PFLAG had established a web presence which was expanded to Facebook and Instagram with YouTube episodes documenting last year’s FloydPRIDE 2016 in five segments.  2017 is the second year for donating titles from the Rainbow List of the American Library Association to the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library.  Our second $1,000 scholarship promoting LGBT inclusion will be awarded to a member of this year’s high school graduating class.  Floyd PFLAG you also participates with Equality Virginia in lobbying for LGBT relevant legislation in Richmond and with PFLAG National in Washington. Floyd PFLAG supports the Diversity Summer Camp organized by the Roanoke Diversity Center and participates in programming and community events with the LGBT support clubs at Floyd County High School, Auburn High School, Springhouse Community School and Blacksburg High School.  Our oral histories archived with Southwest Virginia LGBT+ History Project are used for class assignments at the Springhouse Community School.

Other activities of Floyd PFLAG leadership include regular attendance at the Floyd County Multidisciplinary Team, regional Zero Suicide sponsored by New River Valley Community Services, Floyd County School Board and Floyd County Ministerial Association meetings.  We are committed to ongoing dialogue to improve school climate and community services for gender nonconforming students and citizens in Southwest Virginia.  Floyd PFLAG is one of 400 chapters in the United States.

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