The national organisation was established in 1993, although the earliest of its constituent support groups were established as previous as the 1970s. The organisations roots are in 1965 when Rose Ellen Robertson set up Parents Enquiry, Britain’s first helpline to advise and support parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual children. The help line ran for three decades. FFLAG was created as a response to the high number of referrals from the police and social services.
Although FFLAG had been in existence a long time before its first web site only went live in 1997. Subsequent to the publishing of the first web site FFLAG gained sponsorship from Procter & Gamble for its printed publications and gay.com who offered the organisation free web hosting and subject to gay.com web design.
The organisations aims and objectives are to provide support to parents and their Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual sons and daughters and is a central hub in a network of local parents groups providing support and friendship across the UK. The organisation supports equal human and civil rights of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals. Parents meet at groups in their local area and each year at the FFLAG conference.
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