Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays ( PFLAG ) formally announced it will change its name to reflect what it describes as the organization's "inclusiveness, The Washington Blade reported.
The group formally unveiled its new namePFLAGduring its annual membership meeting in D.C.
PFLAG spokesperson Liz Owen said the new name is the culmination of a two-year process during which the group's board of directors was "listening to chapters and talking among themselves." She said change and the subsequent rebranding that will take place in the coming months will, among other things, reflect the "trans-inclusive work that PFLAG is doing."
According to a press release, the change in name comes at a critical time for PFLAG: membership is up, the number of chapters has grown by 30 in the last year alone, and the support, education and advocacy that PFLAG chapters are providing reflect the changes taking place throughout the LGBTQ community.
In addition, PFLAG National announced Jean Hodges of Boulder, Colorado, as its new board president. She succeeds Rabbi David M. Horowitz, who served two terms of two years each.