Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“No one knows exactly how sexual orientation and gender identity is determined. However, experts agree that it is a complicated matter of genetics, biology, psychological and social factors. For most people, sexual orientation and gender identity are shaped at any early age. While research has not determined a cause, homosexuality and gender variance are not the result of any one factor like parenting or past experiences.”

PFLAG website (accessed Sep. 2003)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

Nation-wide support and lobbying group with local chapters

Mission:

“PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.”

PFLAG website (accessed Sep. 2003)

Other:
Non-profit 501(c)(3)
Quoted in:
  1. Can a Child's Relationship with His or Her Parents Cause Homosexuality?
  2. Is There an Age by Which People Realize Their Sexual Orientation?