October 6, 2017

“This administration has the dubious distinction of making more attempts to remove existing protections from LGBTQ and other marginalized people than any in this nation’s history...”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—PFLAG National—the nation’s largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—released the following statement from former Executive Director Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D.:

“This administration has the dubious distinction of making more attempts to remove existing protections from LGBTQ and other marginalized people than any in this nation’s history. Freedom of religious belief—which is already protected in the U.S. constitution—does not, and should not, grant the right to take actions which undermine a person’s humanity, yet that is exactly what the 20 “principles” outlined in the memo from the Department of Justice could do.

The DOJ is granting a broad license to discriminate that could damage the lives and livelihoods of LGBTQ people and our friends and family members. I was raised in a family of faith and taught that we’re all precious in God’s eyes. PFLAGers everywhere stand strongly in opposition to this guidance and will work to ensure that the rights of our LGBTQ loved ones are protected and secure.”

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PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization uniting families, allies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has nearly 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram.

 

Liz Owen, Director of Communications
lowen@pflag.org
(202) 467-8180 x214
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