Please join PFLAG Dallas on Thursday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m., for our in person monthly support meeting!  We are back to having our live, in person monthly meetings held at Northaven Church (11211 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230)! We meet upstairs in room 250. The meeting will be devoted to supporting each other and sharing our experiences. We hope to see you at the meeting! Join us for a discussion on the state of LGBTQ+ rights across the country and in Texas with the South-Central Regional Director of Lambda Legal, Shelly L. Skeen.  Shelly will discuss the latest developments in proposed legislation and impact litigation cases affecting the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV in Texas and nationwide.

Shelly L. Skeen (pronouns: she/her) is the South Central Regional Director for Lambda Legal, where she has also served as a Senior Attorney. Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national civil rights legal organization working for full and lived equality for LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV through impact litigation, public policy advocacy and education. Ms. Skeen is a seasoned litigator, appellate practitioner, mediator, and arbitrator. She holds a diploma in International Arbitration, has filed amici briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and successfully appeared before the Texas Supreme Court.  Ms. Skeen has served as the Chair of the LGBTQ Law Section for the State Bar of Texas, President of the Dallas LGBT Bar Association, is a frequent speaker and author on LGBTQ+ legal issues and is adjunct faculty for National Institute of Trial Advocacy, UNT Dallas College of Law, and the University of Texas School of Law. In 2016, the Texas Bar College awarded Ms. Skeen The Franklin Jones Award for the Best CLE Article, which addressed the retroactivity of Obergefell. Ms. Skeen served on the CLE Committee for the State Bar of Texas for 7 years and is a frequent CLE Course Director.  In 2018, Ms. Skeen earned an LL.M. from UCLA School of Law, with specializations in Constitutional Law and Law & Sexuality.  Ms. Skeen was honored by the Texas LGBTQ Law Section with its highest award, the Judge Black Award, for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community and was recently named a “Living Legend” by the Dallas Bar Association.  She has worked with Transgender people across the country to ensure that they have identity documents that match who they are, and also works with Texas law schools, nonprofit organizations, law firms and pro se litigants to educate them about how to safely obtain accurate identity documents.  Ms. Skeen’s has recently served as counsel in Doe v. Abbott, PFLAG v. Abbott, Poe v. Drummond, and Fowler v. Stitt. In 2024, TexasBar CLE gave Ms. Skeen its “Standing Ovation” Award for her extraordinary energy, commitment of time, and leadership of high quality CLE programming. Ms. Skeen is a certified Queer & Trans Affirming Professional and also serves on the Board of the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and Museum.

We will be having a virtual support meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd. Just click on the registration link on this page. You will receive the link to the meeting the morning of May 23rd. Please check back for information as we may have a speaker along with our support meeting!

With heavy hearts, PFLAG Dallas marks the passing of beloved longtime board member and LGBTQ+ ally Jim Howe after a long illness.

Jim was probably the biggest Pride Parade enthusiast you’ll ever meet. One of his greatest joys was taking first time marchers to the front of the line before the parade started to share his delight and wonderment at the enthusiastic waiting crowds. He loved sharing his love with the community.
When uncertain newcomers showed up to our monthly support meetings, Jim was the greeter who gently put them at ease. “Kind” and “welcoming” are words that have come up time and again to describe him.
We’re all grateful Jim felt well enough to join us in last week’s festival and parade. He attended our support meeting this past week as well, lovingly sharing his experience and perspective with newcomers as he always has.
Over the past eleven years since he and his family joined PFLAG, Jim has advocated for LGBTQ+ rights at the state legislature, staffed countless PFLAG tables at corporate and community functions, volunteered at conferences and other events, and most recently served as our chapter treasurer.
Jim is survived by his loving wife and partner of 53 years Sondra Howe; daughter Lisa, daughter-in-law Wendy, granddaughter Hope; daughter Marcy; sister Barbara; sister-in-law Ann; brother-in-law Allen; sister-in-law Mabel; and many friends.
If you would like to honor Jim, in lieu of flowers the family has graciously suggested donations be made in his name to PFLAG Dallas.
His daughter Marcy Howe said of Jim: he loved his family fiercely.
So did he love us all. And we love you, Jim.


PFLAG Dallas is a group within and in support of the LGBTQ+ community, their parents, family, friends and allies.  We educate and advocate for equality for all.  Together we are stronger.
We are here for you.  Please call 972.849.0383 and leave a message.  We will return your call.  You can also send us an email at pflagdallas@outlook.com.