Gender-Critical Rhetoric: The Language Fueling the Anti-Trans Fire

The recent wave of attacks on our transgender and nonbinary loved ones is unprecedented, and the language being used in these attacks is complex and damaging. This workshop, presented by Heron Greenesmith, Senior Research Analyst at Political Research Associates, will help PFLAG members to better understand “gender critical rhetoric” and how to push back when it becomes a part of community dialogue. They will also learn how to spot it, common buzzwords that should set off red flags, and how this rhetoric is being used in anti-trans policies and legislation at the local, state, and federal level. 

How Do You Really Support LGBTQ+ Youth Today?

While youth today are coming out to greater support, visibility, and acceptance, they still face tremendous challenges from family acceptance, to self-harm, to housing insecurity and more. This workshop, presented by Chris Bright, Director of Public Training for The Trevor Project, will help PFLAG members and leaders understand what current research tells us about issues that queer youth face in their families, schools, and communities today. They will also learn about the impact of our current political climate, COVID-19, and more on LGBTQ+ youth and what PFLAG chapters can do to provide meaningful support for youth in their communities.

Online or Offline: What Comes Next?

When PFLAGers were forced to (for the first time in history) end in-person support services because of a global pandemic, it shifted everything about the ways in which we support our communities. People went online to great success. But what happens now? This panel, moderated by Laura Galeano, the PFLAG Connects Manager at PFLAG National, will include local PFLAG chapter leaders, along with representatives from HRC and the National LGBTQ Task Force, discussing what this process looked like for them. They’ll also talk about efforts to ensure that as people return to in-person events, critical virtual services aren’t ended. Find out how leaders took their work online, what they learned over the past 18 months, and what they see for the “hybrid future."