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Allies

Whether you have a close friend who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-expansive, or queer (LGBTQ), or don't know someone personally but want to learn more about what it means to be an ally, PFLAG is here to support you on your ally journey.

October 21, 2019

Talking Inclusively: October 2019

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ+ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you...

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September 26, 2019

Something to Talk About: September 2019

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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When Someone Comes Out: A PFLAGers Guide to Demonstrating Support and Acceptance

The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that the word—and the actions it entails—are simple. However PFLAGers know that it can still be a harrowing...

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July 19, 2019

Something to Talk About: July 2019

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth

PFLAG National is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) LGBTQ National Advisory Council, which was launched in 2017 to support capacity building efforts for the LGBTQ youth...
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March 19, 2019

Something to Talk About: March 2019

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM...

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February 26, 2019

Talking Inclusively: February 2019

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few...

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Training Toolkit: Our Trans and Non-Binary Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Our Trans and Non-Binary Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters webinar or in-person training. One of our key goals is...

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Training Toolkit: When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support and Acceptance

Thank you for joining PFLAG National's learning session! On this page, you'll find additional resources to expand your learning -- and hopefully help answer any questions that you may have.

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January 28, 2019

Something to Talk About: January 2019

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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January 10, 2019

PFLAG Houlton breaking down social barriers

“You can’t tell if a person is gay or straight,” Holden said. “We exist for support, education and advocacy.”

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December 14, 2018

Talking Inclusively: December 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you...

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November 27, 2018

Something to Talk About: November 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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November 14, 2018

Talking Inclusively: November 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can...

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September 26, 2018

Something to Talk About: September 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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August 20, 2018

Something to Talk About: August 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation...

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July 19, 2018

Talking Inclusively: July 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can...

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June 29, 2018

Something to Talk About: June 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about...

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June 14, 2018

Talking Inclusively: June 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can...

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May 31, 2018

Something to Talk About: May 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about...

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May 16, 2018

Talking Inclusively: May 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few...

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So You Think You Can Ally? Advanced Ally Engagement Skills for PFLAG Chapters

PFLAG chapters support families, educate their community about the issues their loved ones face, and advocate for LGBTQ equality. Allies have become an integral part of that work as chapters...

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May 9, 2018

The PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration

Join us to celebrate decades of saving lives, one family at a time, and to help us honor the people, organizations and our remarkable corporate partners and allies who have contributed to that work. Together, we have fostered LGBTQ family resilience, resistance, and joy for 45 years.

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Keeping Siblings Seen and Supported with Dr. Anderson and Mr. Doherty

Gender diversity impacts everyone in a family.  When a family stands out for any reason, each member is likely to handle this differently.   In the community, siblings of gender...

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November 30, 2017

Thankful Reflections

Thanksgiving—with chosen family and friends— is a fantastic time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in our lives. After a difficult year, it is especially important to focus on the good in our lives. This year the Learning &...

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August 31, 2017

Better Allying in Challenging Times

With growing opposition and resistance to the current political realities in the US there have been new, inspiring examples of the impact that allies can have when they’re visible, vocal, and present. And that has the Straight for Equality team...

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August 10, 2017

Oakland A's Outfielder Learns From--and Donates to--PFLAG

Oakland A's outfielder Matt Joyce was suspended by Major League Baseball for two games after calling an Angels fan an anti-LGBT slur in a heated exchange during a game in Anaheim.

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August 14, 2017

PFLAG National On Violence In Charlottesville, VA

“The vile rhetoric may be loud, but our love is louder, and our numbers many times greater…”

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July 31, 2017

S4E: Self Care, Post-Pride

As summer begins in earnest and temperatures rise, is anyone else feeling just a little burnt out? The Straight for Equality team is feeling it for sure, and so this month, we’re calling on you to step back, take a...

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June 30, 2017

PFLAGers Take Pride

For the past month, parades, marches, festivals, workshops, picnics, and parties have taken place around the world to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, which honors the Stonewall riots which took place in 1969 in New York City. PFLAGers...

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June 27, 2017

Dear Abby Recommends PFLAG

In a column addressing a woman struggling to understand gender fluidity, Dear Abby reccommended PFLAG's "Guide to Being a Trans Ally."

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June 27, 2017

Actor Adrian Grenier To Join Jenn-Air At PFLAG National HOT! Annual Fundraising Event

Actor, filmmaker, activist and musician Adrian Grenier, best known as the lead in the HBO hit series Entourage, will join guests at HOT!, the annual fundraiser in support

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June 23, 2017

Subaru of America Continues Partnership with PFLAG National to Make School Environments Safe

Since 2015, Subaru has partnered with PFLAG National and its network of chapters across the country to 

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June 2, 2017

Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar to Donate Portion of Forfeited Salary to PFLAG

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar will donate his forfeited salary from a two-game suspension last month to two Toronto-area LGBTQ organizations.

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May 10, 2017

Josh Kraft honored by Greater Boston PFLAG

Greater Boston PFLAG honored Josh Kraft at its annual Pride & Passion benefit at Boston Marriott Copley Place on April 27.

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May 22, 2017

PFLAG National to Work with MLB and Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—announced today t

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April 2, 2017

Spring Fever: The PFLAG National Straight for Equality Gala

PFLAG National, which supports families, friends and allies of LGBTQ people, held its annual gala at the Marriott Marquis on March 27.

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April 21, 2017

Welcome, 20/20 Viewers!

Tonight's episode of 20/20, which included focus on families of transgender kids, helped elevate the conversation going on across the country regarding gender identity and gender expression. For some, it may have answered questions, while for others it may have...

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March 31, 2017

Sarah Rohde, PFLAG Nevada County: Start a conversation today, Transgender Day of Visibility

"I challenge you to start a conversation today, on Transgender Day of Visibility, with your friends: you can empower someone in your community by embracing the idea that transgender people are peop

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March 22, 2017

PFLAG official talks transgender workplace support

"Becoming an ally is not an overnight transition for most people," Navetta said. "The only way they can take this journey is if we take this journey along with them.

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March 24, 2017

PFLAG National to Honor Martha Plimpton

This year, the event will celebrate Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, CNN political analyst Ana Navarro, and Alcoa.

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March 27, 2017

CNN's Ana Navarro to be Honored by PFLAG

"With a wider political divide than ever before, as a nonpartisan organization we felt it was important to honor different ally voices of support for the LGBTQ community, and Ana Navarro is such an

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Powerful Partnerships: Making Diversity & Inclusion Successful in PFLAG Chapters

Creating a chapter-based diversity and inclusion outreach strategy isn’t always easy, but the benefits are tremendous and critical in helping you achieve PFLAG’s mission. And with the political realities...

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March 20, 2017

PFLAG National To Honor Emmy® Winner Martha Plimpton At The 2017 Straight For Equality Awards

NEW YORK CITY, MARCH 20, 2017—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today announced it

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March 7, 2017

PFLAG National To Honor Ana Navarro At The 2017 Straight For Equality Awards

NEW YORK CITY, MARCH 7, 2017—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today announced it w

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February 28, 2017

March is Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and elevate the contributions and accomplishments of women in all their diverse representations, now and throughout history.

Women’s History Month was first celebrated with a week, not a month, in 1981....

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January 31, 2017

Join the PFLAG National Rapid Response Team

Were you one of the thousands of people who signed up to join the PFLAG National Rapid Response Team last week? If not, now is definitely the time.

PFLAGers know that legislators listen most closely to those within their zip...

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January 31, 2017

S4E: Two New Resources

Looking for easy-to-access programs for your chapter? Trying to create conversations about LGBT issues as a part of your work with other community groups? Looking for ideas on how to start conversations with new (and potential) chapter members?

Then consider...

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January 30, 2017

PFLAG National Speaks Out in Unity with Protests

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today spoke out i

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What Would You Do?: Tips and Tools for PFLAGers and Allies in Tough Situations

In trying times visible, vocal, and active allyship is more significant than ever. PFLAG parents and allies, in communities nationwide, have the power to encourage LGBTQ inclusion and to...

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January 5, 2017

Welcome to the fight, angelic troublemakers of PFLAG

Welcome to 2017.

There’s no introduction that can be written that will adequately capture the mass of emotions that are bringing us into the New Year, so we aren’t going to spend time discussing it.

But here’s what we, as...

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December 31, 2016

S4E: Allies in 2016

Heading into the New Year is a great time to reflect on where we’ve been, all that we have to celebrate (and mourn) this year, and where we’re headed in 2017. Of course, we always love to inspire a conversation...

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Documentary: FACING FEAR

Facing Fear, a new documentary

Facing Fear, a short Oscar-nominated documentary by Jason Cohen, is now available online. 

As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living...

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November 23, 2016

WA PFLAGers Speak Out on Florist Lawsuit

“In every opportunity I get, I’m going to show my faith and stand beside him,” says Romine. “I’m a big supporter of PFLAG.

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November 24, 2016

PFLAG Butte Provides Critical Trans Support

Think for a minute of how we would be different if our focus was directed to the least among us: those individuals or groups who have been marginalized, demonized, ignored, and maligned.

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November 30, 2016

Becoming Visible Allies

PFLAGers – just like nearly everyone across the U.S. – are likely to still be recovering from the range of emotions they felt after this month’s election.

Regardless of who you supported and how you feel about the outcomes, there...

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November 28, 2016

Faith Resources for Non-Judeo-Christian/Abrahamic Denominations

Given the diversity of the LGBT community, it should come as no surprise that the varieties of religious experience (if we may borrow a phrase from William James) is also varied among them. Below are some organizations outside the Judeo-Christian/Abrahamic...

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November 28, 2016

Faith Resources for Christians and Catholics

While the actions of some churches have given Christians a bad name when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, others have worked for decades fighting the good fight toward inclusion for all. Doctrinal and sectarian splits make it difficult to keep score, but the organizations below have, by and large, been in it for the long haul. This list will be updated periodically as new resources become available.

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November 9, 2016

You are loved. You are valued. PFLAG is here.

It has been a difficult day for so many of us.

And before we say anything else, we must say this, regardless of what has happened:

You are loved. You are valued. And PFLAG is here.

The election results have...

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October 10, 2014

About the Q

PFLAG National uses the letter "Q" to denote both "Queer" and "Questioning." We define these separate terms as follows:

Queer: A term used by some people—particularly youth—to describe themselves and/or their community. Reclaimed from its earlier negative use, the term...

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September 20, 2016

PFLAG Napa Quilt Project Honors Pulse Victims and PFLAG Orlando

PFLAG Napa recently completed a project that is touching hearts, minds, and lives....reaching all the way to Orlando.

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August 1, 2016

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County An Excellent Resource

"I believe that transgender citizens deserve basic human rights and should not be discriminated against. I also believe that women deserve to be treated with respect, have control over their own bodies, and be free to live without fear of sexual and physical violence. These two issues are not mutually exclusive, and I urge you to lend your support to both..."

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July 29, 2016

Advocacy Guides: 2016-17 Editions

As we enter August--a time when lawmakers typically return to their home districts for vacation--there’s no better time to brush up on your advocacy skills, and get ready to get out the vote. And the best way to do...

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July 29, 2016

Straight for Equality: Self-Care for Allies

Most of the time, this article is dedicated to highlighting an ally-focused effort, or news, or suggesting ways that allies can take action to support their LGBTQ friends. But this month, we need to change it up. This month,...

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Our Trans Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters

PFLAG is dedicated to providing support to trans and non-binary folks and their families, educating the community about the issues that trans and non-binary people face, and advocating for fully...

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June 21, 2016

House Votes to Rename Jackson Heights Post Office After PFLAG Founders

Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted on--and passed--a bill introduced earlier this year by NY Congressman Joe Crowley, which would designate the Jackson Heights, NY post office as the Jeanne and...

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Make It Count: The PFLAG National Get Out the Vote Pocket Guide

*2016-2017 Update!*

Make It Count: The PFLAG National Get Out the Vote Pocket Guide is PFLAG National's pocket guide for your get-out-the-vote activities. Not sure of the dos and don'ts...

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Straight for Equality: So You Think You Can Ally?

When it comes to allies, how do you motivate someone with no (apparent) connection to equality issues? What kinds of programs can PFLAG chapters do to interest these next-gen allies?...

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Straight for Equality: Becoming a Trans Ally 101

The inclusion of people who are transgender has been a long-term commitment for PFLAGers. And we’re proud to announce the release of a new publication that will help you and...

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Straight for Equality in Healthcare Chapter Field Guide

Straight for Equality in Healthcare will only be as effective as our outreach with it. We must work together to ensure that this key resource makes it into the hands...

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Straight for Equality in Healthcare Publication

This guide helps healthcare professionals understand how they too can help move equality forward. By being more inclusive in their language and learning more about the unique challenges that LGBT...

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be not afraid - help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities

be not afraid – help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities aims to move the way we understand our religious beliefs and our relationships with LGBTQ people...

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April 25, 2016

One Mother's Voice: PFLAG Cofounder Recalls Group's Beginnings

One mother's support and acceptance of her gay son led to the creation of a national support group for gays, lesbians and their families.

Jeanne Manford needs few words to make the most complex questions simple. "I loved him," she...

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PFLAG National Glossary of Terms

Updated July 2019.

The power of language to shape our perceptions of other people is immense. Precise use of terms in regards to gender and sexual orientation can have a...

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May 1, 2014

Tim Teeman's Open Letter to Barry Manilow

We had to share this great piece by Tim Teeman over at The Daily Beast. As news of Barry Manilow's union with his longtime love (and manager and company president) Garry Kief hit the press, Manilow...

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