Metro DC Chapter to Hold 30 Parties to Celebrate 30 Years of “Keeping Families Together”
Anniversaries are worthy of celebrating, and Metro DC PFLAG has reached a milestone. 2013 marks the chapter’s 30th anniversary, and we intend to celebrate in a BIG way! In fact, today we’re announcing a year-long celebration to commemorate this achievement, honor our successes, and most importantly re-commit ourselves to the work that still lies ahead.
To mark our 30th year, 30 of Metro DC’s friends and supporters will host 30 house parties across the DC/MD/VA territory we serve. “We wanted a way to incorporate the theme of 30, but most importantly, we wanted a way to involve as many of our members and supporters-past and present- as possible,” said chapter President Phil Hicks. “We felt that 30 different parties, throughout the year and in locations all across the metro area would be a great way to include everyone in the celebrations.”
The kick-off event will be an open house reception on Sunday, February 17, hosted by Bobbi and David Fishback at their home in Olney, MD. David and Bobbi have been members of PFLAG since 1997, when their younger son Dan came out at the age of 15. Two years later, when their older son Mike came out, Bobbi and David became advocates for GLBT inclusion. David continues to serve Metro DC PFLAG as our Advocacy Chair.
“Bobbi and I thrilled to be able to host the kick-off event,” said David. “We are so proud to be part of this unique organization. There is nothing more basic than a parent’s love for their child, and being part of PFLAG demonstrates that there is no difference in that love, whether our child is straight or LGBT. But what makes PFLAG truly special is the close friendships we’ve made with other parents who share our situation. “
The year-long celebration of our 30th Anniversary is being spearheaded by a wonderful trio of PFLAG supporters. Metro DC PFLAG is also honored to announce and recognize the Co-Chairs for our special Anniversary Committee:
- Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive,
- Carol Schwartz, Former DC Councilwoman At-Large, and
- Jay Fisette, Vice-Chair – Arlington County Board
For more information about our kick-off event, click on the link below.
Paulette and Leo Goodman, along with Fred and Arlene Boyer , Helaine Michaels, Charlotte Hoffman , Gary McDonald and David Feldman began meeting as a group in the Goodman’s home in 1982. Hearing of a national movement of 20 groups meeting across the country, Paulette and Leo traveled to New York City to meet with leaders of the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays or Parents FLAG, as it was called back then. That struggling national organization was eager to have a group in Washington DC, and the Goodman’s saw the benefits of being part of the growing national movement. And so, in 1983 the Metro DC chapter of Parents-FLAG was incorporated. Paulette was chosen as the first president, and served in that role until she was elected National President in 1988.
Since those humble beginnings, Metro DC PFLAG has grown to encompass a geographic territory that covers the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Metro DC PFLAG supports parents, families, friends and LGBT adults and youth through more than 14 community groups meeting throughout the metro area. More than 500 active members and 3000 supporters make the work of Metro DC PFLAG possible through the generous gifts of time, talent and financial support.