PFLAG Portland Black Chapter (PFLAG PBC) was founded in 2009 through the collaboration of PFLAG Portland leadership and leaders in Portland’s Black community to address the lack of involvement, engagement, and participation from the Black community within PFLAG Portland and the need to have culturally specific work in the Black community around LGBTQ equality.
PFLAG PBC works to address the multiple layers of discrimination that Black LGBTQ people and their families and loved ones face, and offer opportunities to transform our community. Over the past seven years we have grown significantly from one part time staff and one main program area—to being led by a steering committee, four staff, and providing five distinct areas of programming to the larger community in line with our mission and values to empower Black LGBTQ people and their loved ones.
Moving Forward: Sankofa Collective Northwest.
We plan to build off of the incredible success we have had over the past seven years as we restructure our organization to come out of this difficult and challenging transition stronger than over. As part of MRG’s 3-year Capacity Building Initiative: we are ensured the specific support needed for small social justice nonprofits.
Rebranding as Sankofa Collective Northwest, we will continue to be the only organization within the region specifically serving the Black LGBTQ community.
Thanks to the support of partner organizations, funders, and individual community members: we have been able to continue our youth programming, equity training’s for Portland Public Schools, prison abolition campaigns and more during this time of extreme upheaval. We have a list of accomplishments and testimony that reminds us how vitally important we are to this community and are prepared to continue fighting for the liberation for the spectrum of Black Queer and Trans people and those who love them.