Frequently Asked Questions About pflag Canada
At pflag Canada we have a community of 2SLGBTQ+ people and supporters who all learn from each other. We don’t have all the answers but we learn and grow together.
Here are some common questions from our community members.
We welcome anyone who is looking for resources, education, support or who just want to learn more about 2SLGBTQ+ people. pflag is a family for all including allies, family and friends of 2SLGBTQ+ people. We encourage everyone to help create an inclusive community by joining local events, finding resources, connecting with your local chapter and getting support when you need it.
pflag welcomes all 2SLGBTQ+ people and allies from different cultures, religions and backgrounds. We are not associated with a particular religion but we can guide you toward faith-based resources.
pflag is a volunteer-run peer support organization. We know that your journey is easier when you share it with people who are on a similar journey. pflag volunteers and the community can offer personal advice and offer resources but we do not have counseling services.
We know sharing can be difficult in large groups. We offer peer-to-peer support meetings so you can share stories and ask questions with a volunteer who has similar experiences.
The “Q” represents both Questioning and Queer people.
In the past the term queer was used negatively, but it has since been reclaimed by queer people. Because of its previously negative use, some people still find the use of queer offensive.
We use questioning to represent anyone who is in the process of discovering and exploring their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The letters “I” and “A” are sometimes included in the 2SLGBTQ+ acronym. “I” represents intersex people and “A” represents asexual people and allies or activists.
The choice to remove “I” and “A” comes from input by the intersex and asexual community who have expressed that they may not identify with the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
At pflag Canada we welcome everyone from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, friends, families and allies. We are family for all.