SUPPORT * EDUCATION * RESOURCES * ADVOCACY
Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) is the only organization founded by the partners of actively-serving military personnel. Our mission is to provide support, education, resources, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and similarly-identified (LGBT) military families. We represent and serve all aspects of the military family from parents to partners/spouses to children, as well as all branches and components of the United States Armed Forces from active duty to the National Guard and Reserves to Veterans.
The MPFC co-founders were strangers to one another before meeting in September of 2010.
As the Department of Defense gathered information to consider repeal, we were given the opportunity to speak with DoD General Counsel Jeh Johnson, General Carter Ham, and the Pentagon Comprehensive Review Working Group to share our stories. It was a bold and empowering experience, for both us and our Pentagon hosts.
There weren’t many of us; and it is a wonder that the Pentagon was able to find us at all, because frankly, under Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, we could not even find each other. We lived isolated lives, unknown to our LGBT communities because we were military families, and unknown to the military community because we were LGBT families.
Following our meeting at the Pentagon we saw the gaping void between our silent military reality and our ability to provide support to one another. A small group of active duty silent military partners started exchanging ideas between Skype and our own kitchen tables, and in 2011 we formally launched MPFC to begin filling that void. Our goals were to create a safe space to support and educate one another, find resources for other LGBT military partners, and serve as advocates for all of the LGBT military families who stand by their service members.
Based in Washington, DC, the Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) was founded in 2011 to provide support, resources, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military families.
We do this by providing online resources, education and training to those who support the military community, outreach and support through safe space online events and local in-person community events, and by connecting with other military support organizations and agencies that share the civic responsibility to support all military families.