PFLAG Melbourne Space Coast sprang to life as two people with a clipboard saw a need for support for LGBTQ+ folx, their friends, family, and allies and started a PFLAG chapter in Brevard. On July 30, 2007, PFLAG Melbourne Space Coast became an official chapter of PFLAG. Monthly support meetings started, filling a need for support and community.
As time went by, the chapter started hosting, sometimes with community partners, events for youth and families that offer support, education, social, and/or advocacy in nature.
When the community accessed its needs, other support groups formed, most notably the Transgender Network of Brevard & Rainbow Youth.
We are proud to have been part of Space Coast Pride’s first Pride Fest and Pride Parade.
Most notably, in 2015, with the support of a broad coalition of progressive ally groups, we successfully changed Brevard Public School’s policies to protect LGBTQ students and staff. This was the first and only countywide protection for the community.
More recently, PFLAG Space Coast Melbourne hosted the first LGBTQ+ teen dance in Brevard. We were also invited to participate in both the Puerto Rican Day and Melbourne 4th of July Parades, first for LGBTQ representation in both.
Join us as we continue to work for a more LGBTQ+ affirming community in Florida’s Space Coast.
* Header photo by Mercedes Mehling. All other photos by Mikey.