Over thirty years ago a handful of gay pilots discreetly gathered in Provincetown, Massachusetts. They coordinated their meeting by responding to an ad and agreeing to wear an aviation themed t-shirt in order to identify each other. Anonymity was maintained by not using any last names since they risked losing their jobs or dishonorable discharge from the military for being gay. This was the first NGPA event. It's from these humble beginnings that a global movement was born.
Today, the NGPA is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aviation professionals and enthusiasts from around the world. Since 1990 our mission has been simple: to Build, Support, and Unite the LGBT aviation community worldwide. Through education, social events, and outreach we advance our primary goals:
PROMOTE aviation safety.
PROVIDE an affirming social and professional network for the LGBT aviation community.
FOSTER equal treatment of the LGBT aviation community through advocacy and outreach.
ENCOURAGE members of the LGBT community to begin careers in aviation.