History of PFLAG Omaha

Founders of Omaha PFLAG first met with Lincoln PFLAG. In February 1987, the Omahans began meeting at First United Methodist Church in Omaha. The group was incorporated in 1992 and was granted tax-exempt, non-profit status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code in 1994.

Omaha PFLAG satisfied all the requirements for affiliation with National PFLAG and received recognition as a chartered chapter on Feb. 11, 1995. Our members include folks in the gay community as well as parents, other family members, friends and allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.

Helpline

Have you recently found out that your son or daughter is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender? Have you known for years but can't keep it bottled up inside any longer? Our telephone hotline is staffed by parents and other volunteers who know how you feel.

Are you a lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual person and need a referral or just someone to speak with? Call us! We would like to help. Our helpline offers:

  • Someone to chat with who knows how you're feeling.
  • Referrals to community service agencies. We're part of the United Way's First Call for Help network.
  • Information on our monthly meetings where you can meet with people who understand your concerns and feelings.
  • For confidential information or support, call: 402-291-6781 or email info@pflag-omaha.org

Meetings - What to Expect

We meet monthly on the second Thursday at Countryside Community Church. Someone who is considering attending for the first time might wonder what goes on. Some of us begin gathering at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy coffee and snacks and to socialize. Typically 25 to 40 people attend the meetings--a mix of PFLAG members and people coming for the first time.

The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. We begin with announcements and introductions then have sharing and support time. We encourage people to briefly say who they are and why they are with us. They can relate any special news or concerns they care to share with a group of people who may have gone through similar experiences. Visitors don't have to say anything at all if that is their desire.

Then we take a short break for a coffee refill, more socializing and checking out our chapter library. Our program takes the last hour or so. We might have a guest speaker or we might watch a video. The programs educate us on important gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender issues. The meeting ends at 9 p.m.

We hope you will join us!

When: The 2nd Thursday of each month

Time: 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., join us at 6:30 p.m. for social time before the meeting.

Where: Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE. Memorial Hall (use Truhlsen Community Center door)

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a top priority. Nothing said during sharing-support time will leave our meeting room, nor will people be pressed to share more information than they are comfortable with sharing during or after the meeting.

Lending Library

Omaha PFLAG maintains a library of about 100 books at its meeting place in Memorial Hall at Countryside Community Church. The books have themes that inform parents who don't understand why their son or daughter has "come out," and themes that help young people struggling with their sexuality. They are available for browsing or for checkout.