Supporting families and the 2S&LGBTQIA+ community in Niagara (and beyond) for almost 30 years!
Pflag has been supporting LGBTQ+ youth and their families in St. Catharines and the Niagara region since 1994. It all began with a woman named Monica Davis who realized the need for support after her son came out in 1983. Monica joined the PFLAG Buffalo chapter offering one-on-one support for parents of LGBTQ+ children in the late 1980s, and after staying in touch with some of the “graduate mothers”, she founded the St. Catharines chapter in 1994.
In the early days, the group was sometimes at the receiving end of harassment and obscene phone calls, but that didn’t deter Monica from continuing to be an advocate. In 2004, she received a Human Rights Award from the City of St. Catharines recognizing her outstanding work in the community.
Sadly, Monica passed away March 26th, 2019. Her absence is felt deeply in the community, but the spirit and dedication she brought to Pflag Niagara continues in the community today. 2S&LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, friends, and loved ones from across Niagara benefit from our warm and welcoming group. We offer confidential one-on-one and peer support, providing information and resources without judgement. We also support the initiatives of our community partners, and continue to advocate for members of the 2S&LGBTQIA+ community. Anyone dealing with any concerns or questions about gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation is welcome to reach out to us, or join us at any of our monthly meetings.
Since 1996, PFLAG St. Catharines (now known as Pflag Niagara) has marched in many Toronto Pride Parades. Here, parents march in the 2000 parade. Photo Courtesy of Catherine Mackenzie.
Monica Davis, pictured on the right at the 1999 Toronto Pride Parade, passed away on March 26th, 2019. Photo Courtesy of Catherine Mackenzie.