PFLAG Houston Clippings

This page will share various clippings I have found related to the Houston PFLAG chapter and its history.
These were not found while researching the organization, but along with the other research and
digitization I am doing on my sites. As I am a member of PFLAG, if I run across an article on it, I scanned it.
So these are not meant to represent a concise history, only what I have happened to find, and are in chronological order.
They come from various Houston LGBT publications, including Upfront, This Week in Texas, OutSmart and others.
They begin after the short summary. If you have scans of clippings to contribute to this page, please contact me.

Parent Groups Unite: The birth of a united PFLAG group

In June 1978, Annella Harrison came out of the closet as the mother of a gay child. For years, homosexuality had been a constant problem for the career nurse and counselor. The anguish, grief and disappointment had finally become too unbearable to handle alone. She made her decision and told all who would listen. She even went to the Houston City Council during the 1978 Gay Pride Week to announce, "I am the parent of a gay child." This was the beginning of a Houston group similar to others springing up around the country, promoting unity among families, friends and LGBT people who are in the process of coming out.

Following the 1979 National March for Gay and Lesbian Rights, representatives from these groups met for the first time in Washington, DC. It was there that Annella met with 98 other parents. They decided to begin to contact each other and take the name Parents FLAG. She came back and led the first Houston group.

The name of PFLAG has changed over the years from POG (Parents of Gays) to Parents FLAG and then became officially known as PFLAG in 1993. In 1981, members decided to launch a national organization with headquarters in Los Angeles.

By 1980, PFLAG, then known as Parents FLAG, began to distribute information to educational institutions and communities of faith nationwide, establishing itself as a source of information for the general public. When "Dear Abby" mentioned PFLAG in one of her advice columns, PFLAG national received more than 7,000 letters requesting information. In 1981, members decided to launch a national organization. The first PFLAG office was established in Los Angeles under founding president Adele Starr.

Annella Harrison was an Honorary Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade in 1995.

The above entry and graphic on the left from The Banner Project

And here's a pre-PFLAG article


1978 - 1992

1996 - 1999

2000 - 2004
2005 - 2014
2015 - Present



1979, PDF
1980 & 1982, PDF
1983-1984, PDF
1985, PDF
1986, PDF

1992 + Clippings, PDF
1993, PDF
1994, PDF
1995, PDF

9601-9604-07, PDF
9602-03-08-12, PDF
1997, PDF
9803-12 PDF
9902-9904-07, PDF

1996-Trip to DC Scrapbook, PDF




above and below, at the 1979 March on Washington, photos by JD Doyle
below, Annella Harrison

above photo courtesy of the Botts Collection


Above, Annella Harrison holding her sign in the 1980 Pride Parade




Below, some nice Thanksgiving coverage


Above, (seated) Freda Jerrell, Honorary Grand Marshal, PFLAG
with Andy Mills and Disco Grandma (Mary Hansel) next to car




seems like there's always controversy...

And, you can Download some of the
internal letters about this episode


Pride Festival & Parade

above two, Names Project (Pete Martinez in chair)

Xmas Party