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June 11, 2019

PFLAG National + Verizon: Love Calls Back

We’re glad you found PFLAG!

You're likely here because you’ve seen the Love Calls Back video from Verizon and PFLAG National's Connected by Pride initiative, and you’re in need of more support or information. Whether you are an LGBTQ+ person...

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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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August 13, 2019

Talking Inclusively: August 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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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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June 25, 2019

Talking Inclusively: June 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 can...

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June 14, 2019

Speak out in support of our trans military service members

There are people in our families, our workplaces, our schools, our churches, and our communities who do not understand why this issue is important. We must tell them. And it is especially important that we also tell our elected officials.

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June 13, 2019

Transgender People Deserve A Safer World

It is Pride Month and we are all celebrating the power of the LGBTQ+ community, but my heart bleeds for the numerous LGBTQ+ victims and the families and friends they have left behind this year. The following individuals in the...

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June 13, 2019

2019 PFLAG Pride Product Partners

Show your Pride! PFLAG National is proud to partner with the brands below to celebrate Pride Month in June. These companies are donating the proceeds of the sale of special Pride products toward PFLAG’s mission of support, education, and advocacy...

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May 29, 2019

Something to Talk About: May 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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April 30, 2019

PFLAG Mother's Day Action: What Does the Equality Act Mean For Your Child?

Mother's Day is coming up on May 12th, a special day for PFLAGers everywhere as we honor the hundreds of thousands of brave moms who have followed PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford's path, seeking equality, safety, fairness and love for their...

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April 17, 2019

Talking Inclusively: April 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 can...

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April 11, 2019

Two East-Coast Gender Conferences Began With One PFLAG Family’s Dream

In 2008, we were reeling from learning that our 15 year old “son” identified as a trans girl. I was desperate for support for my child, myself, and my family. We felt alone and frightened and had not yet found...

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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 28, 2019

Transgender Day of Visibility

The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual day of recognition, celebrated around the world on March 31st, which is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender-expansive people, while simultaneously raising awareness of the...

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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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January 31, 2019

Between the Shades: Putting (sometimes well-known) faces to the letters that make up LGBTQ+

Between the Shades seeks to put faces to the letters that make up LGBTQ+ and how those letters have evolved and expanded since the Stonewall riots.  The film examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love.

No...

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January 28, 2019

Call for Workshop Proposals Extended!

Workshop proposals for We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention in Kansas City, MO in October 2019 are now being accepted! PFLAG chapter leaders, members, supporters and equality advocates from across the country will join together at the Kansas City Marriott...

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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 14, 2019

You ARE the Change…And We Want to Hear From You!

Hopefully you’ve saved the date for We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention. We’d be honored to have you join us at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown...

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December 31, 2018

A big thanks to our Program and Media Partners!

PFLAG National works hard--but we rarely if ever work alone. Here's a thank you to all of the organizations and projects that partnered with us for a successful FY 2018!

Our program partners:

  • Advocates for Youth
  • AIDS United
  • American Atheists
  • ...
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December 31, 2018

Our 2018 Top Ten Best and Worst

2018 was a year with some high highs and, as always, some very low lows. Here’s PFLAG National’s top 10-–did your bests and worsts make the list?

Bests

There was solid LGBTQ+ visibility in television this year. We can thank...

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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 20, 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018

Each November 20th, PFLAG joins in honoring the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which was inspired by the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. TDOR marks a day when communities around the globe commemorate trans people who died...

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November 17, 2018

A Loss for the PFLAG Family

Today, PFLAG National and PFLAGers across the country are mourning the loss of PFLAG President Emeritus Sam Thoron, who died peacefully in his home earlier this month.

Sam’s strong, loving, and tireless service to PFLAG--service he shared with his...

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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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October 31, 2018

Boy Erased: A moving and relentless exploration of so-called "conversion therapy"

Boy Erased tells the courageous, true story of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe). His parents...

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October 30, 2018

Election Day is around the corner...are you ready?

If 50% of voters vote in the upcoming midterm election, it would be the highest midterm turnout in a century.

Don’t get left behind.

Don’t let anyone you care about be left behind.

Make a plan and vote, and urge...

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October 22, 2018

Talking Inclusively: October 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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October 10, 2018

Get Out the Vote 2018

Are you registered to vote? Do you know where your polling place is and how to get there? Do you want to help your friends and neighbors vote, too? PFLAG National and great organizations like the NAACPRock the Vote,...

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September 28, 2018

The PFLAG fairytale you've been waiting for: Head Over Heels

Meet a king about to lose his throne, a queen about to lose her inhibitions, and two princesses about to find love. If ever there was a PFLAG fairy tale, this would be it. We’re talking about Head Over Heels,...

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September 28, 2018

Upcoming Gender Spectrum Online Support Groups

Gender Spectrum's series of Online Discussion Groups for parents and adult family members continues with several new groups:

Preparing for the Holidays

This group will meet three times on Saturdays from 9am – 10am PT/12pm – 1pm ET...

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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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September 12, 2018

Talking Inclusively: September 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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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 31, 2018

We the Animals

PFLAG National is excited to announce a new partnership with the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning film We The Animals. Adapted from Justin Torres’ debut novel, it tells the coming-of-age story of three young boys—Manny, Joel and Jonah—who tear through...

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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 29, 2018

Meet the 2018 Summer Interns

This summer, we have three college students joining our team as interns. Hailing from Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina to spend their summer with PFLAG National, we could not be more excited to have their unique identities, experiences, and viewpoints in...

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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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June 7, 2018

PFLAG in Puerto Rico

More photos from PFLAG Gives Back through #ReconstruyeQ in Puerto Rico.

#ReconstruyeQ: PFLAG Gives Back 2018

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May 31, 2018

Just in Time for the PFLAG Dads: Hearts Beat Loud

Hearts Beat Loud, directed by Brett Haley and starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons comes at a time when LGBTQ representation in the media is at an extreme low. Often times, LGBTQ movies are focused on the struggles,...

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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 29, 2018

Love the Sinner

“When the shooting at Pulse happened, I was really disturbed by seeing how the narrative was quickly becoming one about so-called Islamic terrorism and really sort of skipping over the very Christian and very homophobic environment of Florida,”

Above is...

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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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April 25, 2018

Something to Talk About: April 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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April 10, 2018

Talking Inclusively: April 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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March 27, 2018

Something to Talk About: March 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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March 14, 2018

Talking Inclusively: March 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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February 28, 2018

Gender Spectrum Online Discussion Groups for Parents

Are you looking for support for parenting your transgender, non-binary or gender-expansive child?

Do you need a Spanish-speaking parents group and resources in Spanish?

Are you a pre-teen or teenager looking to connect with peers about topics related to gender...

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February 28, 2018

Get Ready to Love "Love, Simon" As Much As We Do

In many ways, Love, Simon is a typical teen romance. Teen has normal family life--parents (still married, so maybe not THAT normal), a sibling, a group of fun and funny friends, the usual trials and tribulations--and then falls for another teen...

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February 27, 2018

Something to Talk About: February 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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February 14, 2018

Talking Inclusively: February 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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January 31, 2018

PFLAGers Bring the Power of the Zip Code to Creating Change Lobby Day 2018

PFLAGer Karen Mitchell from PFLAG Columbus, Ohio joined PFLAG National staffers Jaime Henkel, Jean-Marie Navetta, and Diego Sanchez to hit Capitol Hill, zip code by zip code, to cover the states of Ohio, Oregon, California and Massachusetts, respectively. They advocated...

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January 30, 2018

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is Moving PFLAGers Everywhere..Especially the Wonderful PFLAG Parents

For those who haven’t heard about it, Call Me By Your Name is taking the country--and possibly the Oscars--by storm. The visuals are lush, the love story moving and tender, but most moving of all? The PFLAG parents supporting the...

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January 30, 2018

Something to Talk About: January 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 Learning & Inclusion through the Straight for Equality...

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January 12, 2018

Talking Inclusively: January 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...

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December 31, 2017

The Top Ten Best and Worst, 2017

2017 has been, arguably, a year of extremes: Extreme backlash, extreme advocacy and activism...and extreme passion for causes that affect the lives of so many. Let's take a look at our Top 10 Best and Worst moments from throughout the...

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November 30, 2017

World AIDS Day 2017: #WAD2017

Tomorrow, December 1st, is World AIDS Day, a day when people everywhere commit (or recommit) to playing a personal role in the global fight to end HIV and AIDS, offer support for people living with HIV, and remember people who died...

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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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November 29, 2017

Something to Talk About: November 2017

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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November 15, 2017

Talking Inclusively: November 2017

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...

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October 31, 2017

We Are the Change 2017

Were you in Portland? Then you know what an incredible weekend we had at We Are the Change 2017. Did you miss it? Then we know this look will inspire you to join us in 2019!

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October 30, 2017

#PFLAGThankful

Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and as PFLAGers everywhere gather with family and friends, they will take time to remember all of the things for which they are thankful. Whether it's their local chapter that has been a source of...

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October 26, 2017

Disney's ANDI MACK: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Self-Acceptance

ANDI MACK, an immensely popular show on the Disney Channel, has its season two premiere this Friday night (8pm ET/PT)...and is a ground-breaking episode: One of the lead characters begins a coming-out process that will continue throughout the season. 

If...

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October 11, 2017

Coming Out Day 2017: Creating the Safety and Extended Family Support System We Need

It’s National Coming Out Day, and PFLAG is thrilled to celebrate our own coming out day--nearly 45 years ago--alongside all of the amazing LGBTQ people in queer history, in our networks, and across the nation, who have had the strength...

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September 28, 2017

Something to Talk About: September 2017

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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September 28, 2017

We Are The Change: PFLAG Chapter Awards

Today, we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2017 PFLAG Chapter Awards. They’ll be honored at our awards luncheon at We Are The Change in Portland on Sunday, October 22. Join us in giving a (virtual) round of applause to:

PFLAG Charlotte,...

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September 25, 2017

Gender Basics for Parents with Gender Spectrum and PFLAG

As you work with families in the PFLAG community, you may be encountering new and changing understandings of gender. PFLAG is hearing from more and more parents whose children are transgender, non-binary or otherwise gender-expansive, and our leaders need the...

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September 19, 2017

Happy #BiWeek... What Will YOU Do?

I was really fortunate to come into national LGBTQ work as the Bi movement was exploding. 

Some of my first friendships in my now 30-year life in DC were with intrepid Bi activists. I watched Bi leaders fight for inclusion...

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September 14, 2017

What We Know Now: Updating Best Practices for Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations

WIth thanks to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we are sharing this blog from Dr. Ann Haas. Be sure to download your copy of the newly updated Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations today.

Seth Walsh,...

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September 11, 2017

Talking Inclusively: September 2017

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

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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 31, 2017

PFLAG Staff Restructure and Service Improvements

Earlier this week, I sent an email sharing the news of an exciting restructure of our Field department, now called Chapter Engagement. We wanted to be sure everyone had a chance to see it, so we are sharing it again...

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August 31, 2017

The All-New Advocacy 101 Hub

As we shared in the last edition of the PFLAG Voice, we have updated One Voice Can Change The World: The PFLAG National Advocacy Guide and Toolkit, our comprehensive guide and toolkit on policy, advocacy, and lobbying. The new...

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August 29, 2017

Changing the Way We Support Our Chapters: Staff Restructure FAQ

Answers to some common questions about the PFLAG staff restructure.

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August 28, 2017

Something to Talk About: August 2017

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...

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August 17, 2017

Talking Inclusively: August 2017

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...

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August 2, 2017

A HOT! Time in NYC

Our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who joined us for HOT! The night could not have been more perfect. From the delicious food, to the cocktails, to the exciting auction and our esteemed guests, the showroom was filled with happiness and...

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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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July 28, 2017

Something to Talk About: July 2017

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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July 27, 2017

Thoughts from a trans army brat...

The callous and cavalier actions by the Commander-in-Chief—desiring to ban active duty and prospective transgender troops from military service—are ignorant and un-American. As an Army brat whose Dad was a career Army and World War II combat veteran, I have...

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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: Dear Donor

This is the third of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing....
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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: To RuPaul, My Fairy Dragmother

This is the fourth of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing. Originally designed to increase visibility for children and adults with LGBTQ parents, The Rainbow Letters is now expanding its audience and calling for letters written by anyone who is or has family members who are LGBTQ. We look forward to sharing one letter with you each day this week!

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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: There Will Be Meanie People

This is the final letter we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing. Originally designed...
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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: Dear Christians

This is the first of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of...
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July 21, 2017

The Rainbow Letters: The Courage To Tell Me

This is the second of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing....
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July 10, 2017

Talking Inclusively: July 2017

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...

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June 30, 2017

Honoring Ric Weiland: Architect of a Historic Tipping Point

Last weekend marked an important anniversary: on June 24th, it was eleven years since the passing of Richard Weiland (1953-2006).

If you’re not familiar with Ric’s name, you’re not alone—even in his hometown of Seattle, many do not know the...

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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

Something to Talk About: June 2017

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...

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June 21, 2017

Parents: Quick Tips for Supporting Your LGBTQ Kids--and YOURSELF--During the Coming-Out Process

When a loved one comes out, reactions vary, from “Now that I know, what can I do to support my child?” to “How will I ever handle this?” For some people, it’s a combination of these two reactions…and more. There...

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June 12, 2017

Talking Inclusively: June 2017

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...

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May 31, 2017

A Simple Challenge for Pride

Perhaps no one knows better than a PFLAGer how much work Pride can be. There’s months of planning, swimming in seas of rainbow swag, staffing booths at festivals, and, of course, soaking in the incredible love that fills our events....

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May 31, 2017

Donor spotlight: Lester and Elaine Sharlach

When Lester and Elaine Sharlach renew their PFLAG National membership in 2018, it will mark 30 years since they started giving to PFLAG.

Their son came out 40 years ago, well before PFLAG had a national headquarters--they had been been...

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May 31, 2017

Honor Them With Action

As part of our #TakeOneStep initiative to honor our founder’s steps in support of her gay son, we’re proud to partner with Equality Florida on #HonorThemWithAction, launched in memory of the event that happened at Pulse last June. The goal?...

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May 31, 2017

Health Disparities and Risk Behaviors among Gender-Expansive Students

We hope you had the opportunity to join us for this month’s PFLAG Academy Online session, Health Disparities and Risk Behaviors among Gender-Expansive Students, presented by Allison Gill. For those who missed it, not to worry: the on-demand recording...

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May 30, 2017

Something to Talk About: May 2017

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...

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May 11, 2017

Talking Inclusively: May 2017

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...

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April 30, 2017

Donor Highlight: Frederick Weldy

PFLAG is grateful to the thousands of donors who support our organization at all levels every day. This is the first in a series of monthly “Donor Highlights” that will be featured in this space. We hope you enjoy meeting some of the people who include PFLAG in their charitable giving and estate planning and hearing their stories about why PFLAG resonates so deeply with them.

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April 30, 2017

#TakeOneStep

"We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable. All we have is bodies. We need to tuck them, tuck them, tuck them, in places so that the wheels

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April 30, 2017

#TakeOneStep, Make Calls, Save Lives

#TakeOneStep on May 1st and tell the U.S. House of Representatives to preserve healthcare! Use the power of your zip code and the strength of your PFLAG voice...you will truly save lives.

In the coming weeks, the House is likely...

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April 25, 2017

Something to Talk About: April 2017

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ and ally 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...

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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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April 10, 2017

Talking Inclusively: April 2017

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...

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March 31, 2017

PFLAG National starts Cepek Ally Action Fund

At the Ninth Annual Straight for Equality Gala, guests had the opportunity to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of PFLAG National board president emeritus John Cepek, who passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2017. All in attendance took...

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March 31, 2017

The Ninth Annual Straight for Equality Awards

On Monday March 27th, PFLAG National celebrated the Ninth Annual Straight for Equality Awards at a gala event held, once again, at the New York Marriott Marquis. This year’s honors went to Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, CNN political commentator...

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March 31, 2017

The "Non Repeal" Repeal of HB2

On Thursday, March 30th, the North Carolina legislature claimed they repealed HB2...but PFLAG does not believe the LGBTQ community, their families or allies concerns were truly addressed; it was an easy headline and we remain steadfast in our demand for...

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March 31, 2017

The 2017 National Day of Silence

On April 21st, PFLAG National will participate with GLSEN--our #ClaimYourRights partners--in the National Day of Silence (DOS), a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing...

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March 27, 2017

Something to Talk About: March 2017

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...

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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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February 28, 2017

Title IX Guidance: A Week in Review

In the last week of February, the Trump administration Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (DOE) rescinded the previous Administration’s DOJ and DOE guidance regarding Title IX protections for trans children.

It was a major attack on dignity, fairness, and...

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February 28, 2017

HBO's Vice: A Piece on Trans Kids

You may have seen an item in Friday’s Policy Matters about HBO’s Vice News Tonight. Now, we have a sneak peek to share with you!

As previously published, on Friday, March 3rd, HBO will air a piece on transgender kids....

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February 27, 2017

Something to Talk About: February 2017

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...

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February 20, 2017

Urgent: Rescission of Title IX Guidance for Transgender Students

We need to share some disturbing news: There is a real possibility that the life-saving Title IX nondiscrimination guidance to protect transgender students might be rescinded.

We have neither commented on nor responded to rumors in the past month, but...

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January 31, 2017

PFLAG National Board Member Obit Goes Viral

Longtime PFLAG member, chapter leader, and former national board member Dr. Kay Heggestad, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017. Within just a few short days, her self-penned obituary--followed up with further details from her family (a “minority report” obituary)...

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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 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 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

PFLAG's Top Ten Best and Worst of 2016

Coming off of the incredible high of winning marriage equality in 2015, 2016 at times felt like a year of bitter bills and backlash. But let’s all remember that there were some incredible wins for the PFLAG family in the...

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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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December 10, 2016

A PFLAG Founder Remembered: Adele Starr

Just as it would be impossible to tell the story of PFLAG without telling the story of founder Jeanne Manford, it would be impossible to tell the story of PFLAG National without telling the story of Adele Starr. So we...

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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 30, 2016

#GivingTuesday Gratitude

We are so proud to share that we shattered our previous #GivingTuesday record, receiving nearly $37,000 in donations to support our 400-chapter grassroots network; educate families, schools, colleagues, and communities; and advocate for full legislative LGBTQ equality! Thanks to all...

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November 28, 2016

PFLAG's Tips For The Holidays

While for some people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender holidays mean celebration, joy, family, and togetherness, for others it can mean a time of stress, difficulty, and even sadness or depression...especially if one feels that they

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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 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 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 31, 2016

Last Chance: Get Out the Vote

It’s almost Election Day, when we go to the polls and make our voices heard. And no one would argue this is a crucial year, with candidates at every level of government up for election, as well as local and...

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October 31, 2016

How to "Ally" for the Holidays

With just about three weeks until Thanksgiving, people are gearing up for holiday cooking, shopping, and, of course, visits with family. And while the “visits with family” can create anxiety for many people, for our LGBTQ friends and family, the...

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October 31, 2016

#GivingTuesday is Coming!

#GivingTuesday is coming on Tuesday, November 29th!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by online interaction and collaboration. The day is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and was created in response to shopping events like Black Friday...

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September 30, 2016

Find What You Need at pflag.org

By now, we hope you’ve taken a look at--and tour of--the new PFLAG National website. This beautiful new resource for PFLAG members and supporters launched earlier this year, and we couldn’t be more proud to share it with all of you as you continue providing peer-to-peer support, educating around issues of fairness and inclusion, and advocating for legislative equality.

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September 30, 2016

S4E at Out & Equal

PFLAG National and the Straight for Equality team are hitting the road to represent PFLAG National’s incredible work at the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit!

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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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September 20, 2016

PFLAG National Welcomes New Board Members

Leaders from Dow Chemical, Marriott International, are among those elected to the PFLAG National Board of Directors.

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August 29, 2016

Allies, Athletes, and Back to School

There has been tremendous progress in the world of sports for LGBTQ athletes of all skill-level and ages in recent years. The number of athletes, professional leagues, NCAA sports programs, and nonprofit...

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August 26, 2016

Women’s Equality Day 2016: In Honor of LGBTQ Women

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day, a day honoring women’s right to vote in the U.S. and a good opportunity to highlight issues surrounding LGBTQ women’s equality in the U.S. and around the globe.

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August 25, 2016

PFLAG Works in Coalition with DOJ on Trans Best Practices Law Enforcement Video

This morning, the Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) launched a new roll-call training video, “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community,” that models best practices for police interactions with transgender individuals.  The short roll-call training video uses real-world scenarios...
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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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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

Welcome New PFLAG Chapters!

The rise in numbers of new PFLAG chapters starting across the country continues to move and motivate us all. Passionate families, allies, and LGBTQ people see the need--now more than ever--for PFLAG chapters in their communities. From the continued...

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July 15, 2016

LDS Church and Suicide Prevention

This past November, LDS church leaders declared those in same-sex marriages apostates. The resolution prevents children of such couples from becoming church members or partaking in baptism until after the...

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July 4, 2016

Una Nota a Mi Hijo: Lo que padres de hijos heteros nunca pueden comprender de Orlando

Este artículo fue publicado originalmente en Your Tango. 

Si piensas que tu sabes como ser papá o mamá con un hijo [o hija] LGBTQ, piénsalo de nuevo.

Esta mañana lloré por la primera vez. Mi amiga Cathy me preguntό...

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July 1, 2016

July: A Month about Freedom and the Courage to Achieve It

As June ends and July begins, many cities are still celebrating Pride. This year, the official Pride month (June) provided brilliant celebrations of how far we have come – one year since marriage equality! – as well as somber moments...

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July 1, 2016

PFLAG Orlando Response Update

June has been a somber month for Pride. Our collective grief over Orlando is new territory for some, but in the days ahead our solidarity and unity will continue to be needed by so many who have been affected.

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July 1, 2016

Donor Spotlight: Catherine Hyde

PFLAG Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and National Board member, Catherine Hyde and her husband, John, recently joined the Jeanne Manford Legacy Circle by adding PFLAG to their will. We asked them about their decision to support PFLAG.

Q. What brought you...

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June 14, 2016

A Note to My Kid: What Parents of Straight Kids Will NEVER Understand About Orlando

Para leer este artículo en español , por favor visite https://www.pflag.org/blog/una-nota-mi-hijo-lo-que-padres-de-hijos-heteros-nunca-pueden-comprender-de-orlando

This article originally appeared on YourTango.

Think you know what it's like to be the parent of an...

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June 10, 2016

Florida PFLAG Chapter Leader Makes Pride Week Proclamation

Kerri McCoy, chapter leader of PFLAG Polk County, proclaimed June 13-19 to be LGBTQ Pride Week after county commissioners refused to support the proclamation. Though Polk Pride organizer Scott Guira had submitted the proclamation to county officials, ...

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June 7, 2016

A Note To My Kid: My Son Finally Followed His Heart

To my Son,

It hasn’t been easy for you, in fact only a few know just how close to the edge you were at times. You learned to hide it well with phony smiles and forced replies when asked...

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PFLAG members celebrating an inclusive pride.
June 3, 2016

An Inclusive Pride

Whether you celebrate Pride in June or elsewhere on the calendar, community events are a key place to let people know what you do, the services you provide, your commitment to supporting all people, and how they can connect with...

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Two women in PFLAG t-shirts embrace while holding a Pride flag.
May 31, 2016

Fighting for Fairness in Our States

The backlash to successful movement forward for equality continues to grow, week by week, with state legislatures looking to erase existing protections and enact bills harmful to LGBTQ people.

Yet, no matter what state or community...

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May 16, 2016

PFLAG San Diego Launches It's Scholarship Season

PFLAG San Diego has just launched its scholarship program for 2016, and to celebrate the season did so with two benefit concerts which served as fundraisers in support of the students. Now in its 17th year, PFLAG SDC has awarded...

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May 10, 2016

And then sometimes, the kid supports the parents...

We got this sweet video from Lance, whose mom Leslie is the Vice President of PFLAG Fresno. Lance surprised his mom by driving from his home in LA up to Fresno to march with her in the Fresno Pride...

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May 2, 2016

A Note to Miles From his Mom, Erika

Dear Miles:

I think you already know how proud I am of you, and daddy feels the same way. You're a smart, funny, hard-working, and talented young man.  You're also a...

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May 1, 2016

We Are All Allies

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every February, information is shared about the importance of recognizing and celebrating Black History Month: why it’s celebrated, who is celebrated......

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April 21, 2016

Faith FAQ

For many people of faith, coming out or learning a loved one has come out can bring up several questions. PFLAG offers some answers, advice, and considerations for working through these difficult questions.

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January 15, 2016

PFLAG Lower Columbia leader honored as Citizen of the Year

Mary Ann Nelson was recently selected as Citizen of the Year by the Cathlamet Womans Club, in Washington, for her tireless and generous work with PFLAG, as president and member of the Southwestern Washington Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church...

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January 2, 2016

PFLAG Metro DC Member's Son Speaks Out On BSA Leadership, Post Eagle Scouts

History was made when Pascal Tessier--son of proud PFLAG mom and PFLAG Metro DC board member Tracie Felker--became the first openly gay scout to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest within the scouting organization.

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January 1, 2016

LGBTQ Stories in TV and Film

This has been a remarkable year for LGBTQ characters and stories in film and TV. From mainstream movies to independent films, major networks to cable outlets to new players in the TV arena like Netflix and Amazon, there are more...

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January 1, 2016

From RAISING MY RAINBOW: This Is How A Father Should Love

Normally we don't share other blog posts here at A Note to My Kid. But this was such a special post, from one special parent to another, we couldn't resist. We hear so often about the mothers...this Father's Day post was just to gorgeous to ignore.

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January 1, 2016

Engaging Educator Allies to Create Safer Schools

Back-to-school time means new backpacks and notebooks, making new friends, and learning lots of new things. But for many LGBTQ students, back-to-school time can be a stressful experience as they try to navigate their identities while figuring out everyday...

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January 1, 2016

For My Perfectly Lovely Child

You shared a womb.  
You shared a room.  
You shared a bed.  
You shared...

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January 1, 2016

Stonewall...

The Stonewall Inn might not be a recognizable place for many Americans, but the riots that took place there marked the most important turning point for the LGBT movement in the United States...

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January 1, 2016

PFLAG Portland President Attends Gay Christian Network Conference

Today we hear from Dawn Holt, PFLAG National Regional Director in the Pacific Northwest, and President of PFLAG Portland. She is the mother of a 26 year-old gay man who serves as her inspiration for her work in the LGBTQ community. In addition to her service in PFLAG, Dawn served as the Co-Chair of Equity Foundation, an Oregon-based community foundation for the LGBTQ community and, as a practicing Buddhist, serves on the board of her Zen community.

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January 1, 2016

A Year of A Note To My Kid

If you follow PFLAG National on Facebook and Twitter, than #ANTMKTuesday probably looks familiar to you. If not, you probably know this great project better as A Note to My Kid (ANTMK). Every Tuesday over at ...

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January 1, 2016

PRESS STATEMENT: Jody Huckaby on SAMHSA Report on Danger of So-Called "Reparative Therapy"

PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby has issued the following statement regarding the important new report, released this morning by SAMHSA, on the harms of so-called "reparative therapy:

"PFLAG's concern for LGBTQ youth is at the heart of...

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December 21, 2015

PFLAG Statement: Blood Donation

PFLAG National Statement on FDA Final Rule on Blood Donation Deferral Policy regarding Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender People (issued on Dec. 21, 2015)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Kohm, Interim Executive Director, PFLAG National |...

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December 1, 2015

Meet Another 2015 PFLAG National Scholar!

In our most recent edition of the PFLAGPole (Winter 2016), we were excited to highlight some of the LGBTQ and ally youth who received scholarships from PFLAG National and our funding partners, including Dow (GLAD)...

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December 1, 2015

Straight for Equality is Ready to Celebrate

The Holidays Are Here and Straight for Equality is Ready to Celebrate

Heading into the New Year is a great time to reflect on where we’ve been, all that we have to celebrate this year, and where we’re...

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Abstract photo of holiday lights.
November 25, 2015

S4E: Allies and the Holidays

Holiday time can be incredible--seeing family and friends, parties, gift exchanges. At the same time, they can be stressful when we find ourselves sharing space with people whose opinions on LGBT equality are…well, not exactly where we’d hope they’d...
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October 30, 2015

A Poem to Tristan from Mom

We received the following via email:

Hello. My name is Dawn Jaksons and I'm a PFLAG mom in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Our son came out to us when he was 14. We told him we loved him no matter what. Accepting

...
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Jody Huckaby family and Stephanie Battaglino
October 1, 2015

Family, Faith and PFLAG

Today, we hear from our Executive Director, Jody Huckaby, about his experience attending the Pope's visit to the White House.

I took the day yesterday to spend time with my sister, Joan. We started the day at 3:30 AM...

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October 1, 2015

Curriculum Victory in Montgomery County, Maryland: A Case Study and Handbook for Action.

Exciting safe schools work coming from PFLAG Metro DC and a coalition of partners, and we're happy to share their work with you, courtesy of the following from handbook author David Fishback:

With the school year beginning, I am reminded...

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August 1, 2015

A Letter to my Dad, from Kristin

Today at ANTMK we have a special letter, from Kristin Beck to her dad. Kristin is a former US Navy SEAL who gained public attention in 2013 when she came out as a transgender woman. As an activist and advocate...

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June 26, 2015

PFLAG Nashville President Celebrates Military Pride

Today we hear from Kathy Halbrooks, the President of PFLAG Nashville, and the Tennessee State Coordinator.

I had the pleasure of attending the Second Annual NSA Mid-South LGBT celebration on June 26 in Millington, Tennessee. The keynote...

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PFLAG Odgen Military Pride
June 11, 2015

PFLAG Ogden: Pride at Hill Airforce Base

Today we hear from Barb D'Arco, president of PFLAG Ogden, one of our Utah chapters. She writes of a moving, major milestone, one that could not have happened without the hard work of PFLAGers everywhere!

I am a civilian...

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June 1, 2015

Creating Culture Change in Corporate America

June has always been the busiest month for PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality® in the Workplace program and 2015 will be no different. PFLAG National staff members Jean-Marie Navetta and Jody Huckaby will spend the month on the road, traveling...

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June 1, 2015

Fortune Feimster to Support Her Mom's PFLAG Chapter

In 2015, Fortune Feimster--a comedian who, in addition to her many appearances on Chelsea Lately and Last Comic Standing is now developing her own series with funny woman Tina Fey--did a little PFLAG role reversal: instead of her mother...

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May 1, 2015

Huffington Post: I'm A Mormon Mom Taking A Stand For All The Gay Kids In Our Church

We had to share this lovely--and loving--piece, originally published over at the Huffington Post Religion vertical, from Diane Oviatt, a pediatric oncology nurse and an active church member working with the children in her local congregation.

When her...

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May 1, 2015

Belinda Carlisle and her son, James Duke Mason, Welcomed by PFLAG Bakersfield

Last night, singer Belinda Carlisle and her son, actor James Duke Mason, were the special guests at a monthly meeting of PFLAG Bakersfield. Duke, gay and out since 2006, has had the full support of his parents,...

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April 24, 2015

In the Afterglow of the Bruce Jenner Interview: So Where Do We Go From Here?

As I settle in to write this, 48 hours have passed since the airing of the Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner. 17 million viewers, over 675,000 tweets and innumerable Facebook posts (including mine!) later, I feel compelled to ask...
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April 6, 2015

Being Transgender for Our Child

my purpleSix months ago, our ten year old began to identify as transgender. This after spending years trying to explain it and find a way to fit in at school and...

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March 3, 2015

Until I See Skylar Again...

We are proud to share this piece from PFLAG mom and National board member Marsha Aizumi, though heartbroken that we have to. With thanks to Huffington Post Gay Voices, where it was originally posted.

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There are...

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March 1, 2015

PFLAG Santa Barbara and the Interfaith Pride Celebration

Today we hear from Georgia Noble of PFLAG Santa Barbara, who with her chapter helped to coordinate the first Interfaith Pride Celebration in the community.

We orchestrated the first Interfaith Pride Celebration here in Santa Barbara to take place in...

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March 1, 2015

PFLAG Maryland Chapters: Partnering on a New Online Resource for Maryland's Trans* Youth

Catherine Hyde, a longtime PFLAG member, PFLAG Howard County trans coordinator, and PFLAG National Board Member, is helping Maryland chapters partner with FreeState Legal to create trans*youth@md, a new website meant to offer answers to legal...

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February 20, 2015

Colette Roberts of PFLAG-Columbia/Howard County to be in Women’s Hall of Fame

This week, PFLAG National exuberantly congratulates Colette Roberts on her acceptance into Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame. Colette co-founded PFLAG-Columbia/Howard County in Maryland and led the organization for more than a decade. She will be formally inducted on...

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January 30, 2015

PFLAG Indianapolis: The Fight for Equality in Indiana

Today we hear from PFLAG Indianapolis co-President and Indiana State Coordinator Annette Gross.

To say that Annette is a warrior would be something of an understatement: she is tireless, fearless, outspoken, fierce and funny...and always on the front line of...

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January 15, 2015

Building the Bridge Towards a Beloved Community

Today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we hear from PFLAG National board member Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. Rev. Caldwell is a retired United Methodist Minister who lives in Asbury Park, NJ. He was active in the Massachusetts...

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January 1, 2015

The 2015 PFLAG National Straight for Equality Gala

Now in its seventh year, PFLAG National's Straight for Equality Gala honors and celebrates some of the most powerful straight allies who are changing the world for our LGBTQ loved ones through their work. The awards each...

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January 1, 2015

A Letter to My (Possible) Son...from mom

This piece, by writer Lily Burana, was originally published by Dame Magazine. Thanks to Dame and Ms. Burana for letting us share it with you here at A Note to My Kid. To hear more...

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December 9, 2014

An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom

Today we are sharing an open letter that our parent organization, PFLAG National, signed on to along with 46 other LGBTQ organizations, in regards to the recent outcry in our country. PFLAG was formed by a brave mother who stood up...

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October 25, 2014

PFLAG: Evolution of a Name

In 2014, PFLAG members across the country voted to lose "Parent, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays" as the official name of the organization in favor of just, simply, PFLAG. No acronym, but a name for an organization with...

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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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October 1, 2014

New President, New Inclusive Name

PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization of parents, families, and allies united with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ)—announced today at its annual membership meeting the election of Jean Hodges of Boulder, Colorado, as its new board president. She...

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September 1, 2014

PFLAG Cleveland Takes the Gold...in more ways than one!

Today we hear from PFLAG National's Field Manager Brooke Smith on her visit with PFLAG Cleveland. 

This week, thousands of LGBTQ and ally athletes descended on Cleveland and Akron for
...
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August 3, 2014

PFLAG NATIONAL Responds to Chick-Fil-A Controversy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2012

Contact: Liz Owen | lowen@pflag.org | (202) 467-8180 ext. 214

PFLAG NATIONAL RESPONDS TO CHICK-FIL-A CONTROVERSY

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's original family and ally organization, and the largest grassroots-based

...
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June 1, 2014

Frank Kameny: A Legacy of LGBTQ Activism Celebrated

As a part of June’s pride celebrations, the White House has on display an exhibit about Frank Kameny, a major figure in LGBTQ history. Kameny was drafted into the Army and served throughout World War II. After his service, he...

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May 23, 2014

Give OUT Day a hit for PFLAG chapters!

2014 Give OUT Day was a real success for LGBTQ organizations across the country, including the many PFLAG chapters that chose to participate.

Even a major technical glitch--the Razoo site going down--was turned into a positive when Razoo and Bolder...

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May 21, 2014

A Note to Wil from Mom

Dear Wil,

image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14060219/6b97b141-f67a-4fe3-9ee6-c79c0baa47f2.pngAs a rule, we parents think we do so much to shape our children. We neglect to acknowledge what you do to shape...

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May 9, 2014

PFLAG San Diego President Featured In The News

Volunteering for PFLAG comes with many personal rewards, but every once in a while it's nice to see that work honored by others...especially by the media!

How exciting, then, for PFLAG San Diego president Terrie Vorono to nab ...

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May 5, 2014

Dear Abby Gives A Special Shout-Out to PFLAG Lubbock!

The relationship between PFLAG and advice columnist superstar Dear Abby goes back years. In fact, in the early 1980s when her syndicated column mentioned PFLAG as a resource for parents of gay children, PFLAG’s National Office--which at the time was the...

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May 3, 2014

Paulette Goodman keeps moving equality forward...

As reported by Jeff Getek of MyMCMedia, former PFLAG National president Paulette Goodman (1988-1992) is keeping up the good fight for equality...but not before taking a quick break earlier this year to celebrate the marriage victory at the Supreme Court....

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May 1, 2014

A New Arrival...Just In Time For Mother's Day!

Just in time for Mother's Day, we are excited to announce PFLAG's newest arrival: A Note To My Kid!

That’s right: this wonderful program, founded three years ago by Patrick Wallace, Mike Curry, and Michael Volpatt, has been adopted as...

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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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April 18, 2014

PFLAG Chapters Speaking Out...in the Press!

PFLAGers always make it a point to speak out, especially when the health and well being of their LGBTQ loved ones is on the line. And when they're given the opportunity to do so in the press, that message can...

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April 11, 2014

Advocacy Groups to Distribute Nearly 50,000 Flyers Countering Anti-LGBT Propaganda

Beginning this morning, PFLAG, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Equality Maryland Foundation will distribute nearly 50,000 flyers in all 25 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high schools. The flyer addresses issues raised by dangerous anti-LGBTQ materials previously...

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April 9, 2014

A Powerful Speaker at PFLAG Tampa

Today we hear from John Desmond of PFLAG Tampa, regarding a presentation made at their support meeting. It was a powerful topic and had great turnout...and was even picked up by the press!

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April 4, 2014

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County's Catherine Hyde Receives Honor!

This week we hear from PFLAG Columbia-Howard County, with wonderful news about one of its members...who also happens to be a Regional Director, PFLAG National Board Member, and a member of the Transgender Gender Nonconforming Advisory Council (TGNC).

...

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April 1, 2014

PFLAG Tampa: St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals!

Wonderful news, a followup to this story from March 19th where we asked for your votes of support for PFLAG Tampa.

Clearly the call was heeded, the votes came in and PFLAG Tampa has been voted...

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March 24, 2014

A Note to Jacob from Dad

Jacob, I write this letter to you to let you know just how much I Love you.

I wish there was another word besides ‘Love’ to say because I feel the word love has lost it’s true meaning, It has...

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March 2, 2014

PFLAG Cedar Rapids: Voices of Diversity

We don't often get to spotlight a chapter where a simple link will allow the entry to speak for itself. But WOW! Check out this wonderful segment from CBS2 Iowa highlighting the chapter!

Voices of Diversity: PFLAG -...

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February 14, 2014

A Very Special Birth Announcement!

Birth announcement- almost 20 years late (written with the permission of the kid in question)
February 28, 2014 at 10:59pm

Nineteen and a half years ago, I gave birth to beautiful baby girl with lots of dark hair and a...

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January 17, 2014

PFLAG API Chapters in New York and Los Angeles Celebrate Lunar New Year!

The 2014 Lunar New Year was last week, and PFLAGers on both coasts celebrated diversity of all kind by marching in parades with other API constituents. We have reports from both Califonia and New York on these special celebrations!

First...

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January 8, 2014

PFLAG Metro DC Youth Group Going On 5 Years

In 2008, friends and advocates Carol Lewis and Nancy Brown recognized a problem. Nancy, then-facilitator of the Fairfax support group of PFLAG Metro DC, had noted that many high schools offered space and time to LGBTQ youth by way...

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January 1, 2014

The Thorons: A Legacy of Love

Today we hear from Jeff Johnson, a Communications and Policy intern with PFLAG National. Jeff had the opportunity to meet with longtime PFLAG leaders Sam and Julia Thoron. Following is his report on their journey to becoming dedicated PFLAG leaders,...

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January 1, 2014

A note from Amy to her daughter, M

Dear M,

Today marks one year that your life changed. That our family's life changed. Our foundation shook just like the steps of your school bus as you sprinted home on your last day of 4th grade. This was the...

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A son comes out to his mother...but it's not her reaction to his news that is the surprise!

This video has gone viral in the last two weeks, and we aren't surprised! Well, not as surprised as Hayden Smith, the nervous young star of this raw footage, who decided to record his mother's reaction to him coming out....

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A Note to Dear Abby From 'Hurting in Houston'

PFLAG is grateful to have a long and lovely history with Dear Abby. In fact, it was she...

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Stunned in Selma on Saturday

From PFLAG National Policy Director Diego M. Sanchez, APR:
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PFLAG Salisbury-Rowan Awards Seven More Scholarships

PFLAG Salisbury-Rowan was founded in 2006, and in 2008, the chapter established its scholarship foundation and began awarding...

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Mom gives trans daughter a wonderful surprise

Late last month, a mom gave her teenage trans daughter a wonderful surprise...a gift she had been waiting a very long time for.

Said mom in the description of the video she shared of the moment on...
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PFLAG Philly Board Member to be Honored

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PFLAG Philadelphia Board Member, and
Jaci Adams OutProud Transgender Award
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Nancy and John Desmond of PFLAG Tampa Honored by Human Rights Council!

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John and Nancy Desmond of PFLAG Tampa receive
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PFLAG Norman Accepts Challenge from Scholarship Recipients

This week, Focus on the Field brings attention to PFLAG Norman in Oklahoma. PFLAG Norman awarded $1,000 scholarships to two Norman High School seniors at its annual reception. Congratulations to the two honorees, Skyler Hoffstatter and Aryn Alderman!...

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Congressional Measure Would Rename Post Office for PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford

Rep. Crowley announces  legislation 
honoring Jeanne Manford

This week, PFLAG National is humbled by...

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A dad’s surprising response to his gay son’s heartwrenching ‘coming out’

Today, courtesy of our friends at lgbtqnation, we bring you this wonderful letter to James from...

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A Letter to Jacob From His Mom, Mimi

This is an extraordinary and powerful letter, that we are so grateful to its author to be able share with you today. It was originally posted here, at medium.com.

Thank you, Mimi, for sharing your story--and your letter to...

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PFLAG Indianapolis: Marriage Equality (Finally) Comes to Indiana!

Today we hear from Annette Gross of PFLAG Indianapolis, on the great news out of her homestate about marriage equality!


Yesterday I was witness to what I can only describe as a miracle.  At noon, my fellow PFLAGer...

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Video: Speak Up with Jimmy Nguyen

Okay, perhaps this is a bit meta, but we couldn't resist sharing this HuffPo video, Digitially Speaking. Why? Because it's all about notes to LGBTQ kids from their parents, and it features A Note to My Kid!

With thanks to...

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PFLAG Plymouth-Canton Achieves LGBTQ Representation in Public Space

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, George Belvitch, Katie Borninski and Laurie Mayers 
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PFLAG Madison the Marriage Equality Bus Tour

Today we hear from Jeanne Williams of PFLAG Madison about a fun and exciting event that her chapter participated in late last month:

Members of PFLAG Madison participated in the Marriage Equality Bus Tour to Chicago send-off on Monday, August 25, 2014....

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Do Unto Others: An Open Letter from Violet About Her Gender Nonconforming Child

We're honored to share this open letter from Violet, the mom of a gender nonconforming child. Her words are powerful, moving...and we thank her for letting us share them here.

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PFLAG St. Charles Wins Two Awards in One Month

This week, PFLAG National congratulates PFLAG St. Charles, in Missouri, on receiving two awards in one month!...

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The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey

PFLAG National is proud to partner with the National Center...
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A letter to my unborn child...

Dear...you:

Yes you, you in there, the one who keeps kicking me, and whose hiccups I'm feeling all the time (are you drinking in there??), and whose sonogram started out looking a bit like a kidney bean and now looks...

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PFLAG National Scholarship Season Begins

The PFLAG National Scholarship program is a critical component of PFLAG National’s highly successful Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All program, rewarding hard work and next generation leadership by...
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PFLAG Utah and Salt Lake City PRIDE!

Today we hear from Regional Director Kathy Godwin about Salt Lake City Pride. PFLAG Utah made a big showing!

PFLAG Utah came...

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PRESS RELEASE: PFLAG NATIONAL REPRESENTS FAMILY VOICE IN MULTI-ORGANIZATION AMICUS BRIEF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2014
Liz Owen | lowen@pflag.org | (202) 657-4026  

PFLAG NATIONAL...
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A gay teacher's letter to a less-than-supportive parent

A drama teacher’s response to a parent’s decision to withdraw her child from class went viral last week.

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A note from Mormon mom Kathleen to her friend Emily

When her son Charlie* came out publicly, Mormon mom Kathleen* received mostly positive feedback,
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A Note from Dad to Holly: Beautiful Blonde Hair of June

My daughter recently posted an Instagram that I want to respond to. 
Now I won't...
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A letter from one dad to Michael Sam's dad

Our letter today comes to us courtesy of our friends at outsports.com. Like most of you, we were disappointed to hear that the NFL's first openly gay player, Michael Sam, was cut from the Rams. As we...
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PFLAG Springfield Celebrates 20 Years!


If you had asked Christy Boyce...

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A Note from Lizbeth About Her Sibling

We received the following note just yesterday, and thought it was a perfect sentiment to share here on...

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A letter from Laurin to her son, Danny

I tell my son I love him all the time. I also tell him that I'm very...
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PFLAG's Southern California Chapters March in LA Pride

And what a fun time was had by all! PFLAG members--including longtime PFLAG mom Betty DeGeneres--marched in the parade, and then made time to spread the news about Care With Pride, the partnership between PFLAG and Johnson &...

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PFLAG Mom Debi Jackson Shares the Power of PFLAG!

You probably remember Debi, the mom of a trans kid who took to the stage with...

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Welcome back, PFLAG Lancaster!

This week, PFLAG National welcomes back PFLAG Lancaster, a chapter based in Pennsylvania. After a brief sabbatical, the chapter is reforming to continue the PFLAG mission of support, education, and advocacy....
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PFLAG Tampa at St. Pete Pride

Today we hear from John and Nancy Desmond of PFLAG Tampa, reporting on their experiences as the Grand Marshals of St. Pete Pride!

Last Saturday night, just as the sun set on the horizon, the excitement on the PFLAG Tampa float...

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A Note to Mom and Dad From Pete

Mom and Dad,
I know you don't support me or who I am and I currently feel that you never will, although I hope that one day you and the rest of our extremely large family will come around....
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North Carolina Achieves Marriage Equality...and PFLAG is There To Celebrate!

Today is the final day of October, which means one more chance to celebrate LGBTQ History Month. And October 2014 will certainly go down in history as a turning point for marriage...
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A Note to Logan from "Proud Mom" Carly

Carly originally shared this letter on her blog, and we're honored to share it here as well. Thanks, Carly!

I will start by saying that this Journey has not...

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PFLAG National statement on marriage order from Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore



PFLAG National has issued the following statement from Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm, regarding Alabama Supreme Court Chief...

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A letter to Dear Abby

In today's Dear Abby column, we hear from Wants To Be Supportive, who has a friend whose child has come out as transgender.

Says Wants To Be Supportive:

To say the least,

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A Letter to Blake From His Mom, Susan

Dear Blake,
You are the bravest person I have...
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Garden State Legislators Honor PFLAG Chapters!

Last Friday, the Garden State officially celebrated the 20thanniversary of LGBT History Month by recognizing all

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A message of hope and love from the mom of a transgender youth

As a facilitator for Trans Youth Education and Support (TYES), an affiliate of PFLAG, I hear and observe incredible transition stories every day: the young child who hated having his picture taken before he transitioned, who immediately afterward...

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A gay son's open letter to his parents...can this rift heal?

Normally the letters we share are uplifting, supportive, affirmative...unconditionally loving. Today, however, we're sharing an article about this letter from gay blogger Patrick Bradley--which was originally published by Out magazine--courtesy of our friends at...
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Statement from PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby on Executive Orders 11478 and 11246, Federal Workplace Protections

"Today feels like a major shift, a tipping point, in ending workplace discrimination for those of us and our family members and friends who are LGBTQ. Today the American values of fairness...
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Some sad news from Pennsylvania...

Today we hear from John Otto, President of our Philadelphia chapter, about the unexpected death of Melina Waldo. Melina served as a member of the PFLAG National board and as a Regional Director; she remained...
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A Letter from A____ to her school teacher, Mr. R____

When a teacher, Mr. R____, decided to come out after hearing kids using the term "gay" pejoratively, he had no idea the kind of support he might receive.

This beautiful letter from his nine year old student,...
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PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire Inaugurates the Eric Collins Memorial Award

In February 2013, Eric Collins of West Springfield, Massachusetts, died at the much-too-young age of 15. As a high school student, Eric was active in Generation Q, a peer-led support and advocacy group for LGBTQI youth. Through his work with...

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Welcome, PFLAG St. Augustine!

Great news from Florida this week. A PFLAG chapter has opened in St. Augustine. Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm at the United Universalist Fellowship at 2487 A1A South.

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PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Includes LGBTQ in National Black History Month

On February 26th, PFLAG Portland Black Chapter presented its Black LGBTQ History Project at Portland State University. The...

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PFLAG National Statement on BSA Resolution Vote Regarding Scout Leaders

PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby has issued the following statement regarding today’s unanimous vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Committee, approving a resolution allowing gay and bisexual adults...
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PFLAG Tampa Helps Move County One Step Closer To Full Non-Discrimination

Today we hear from John Desmond of PFLAG Tampa, reporting on his chapter's successful efforts to move forward an amendment inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity to an already-existing human rights ordinance: 

The Hillsborough...
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A note to my beautiful daughter Becca, from Jill

Dearest Becca,

I want to begin by saying how proud I am to be your mom and how impressed I am by your bravery and...

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“Mom, I’m Gay” — A Mother and Son Explore the “Journey” Together

This is a really wonderful and moving post, and we're grateful to its co-authors, Debby Shulman (www.debbyshulman.com)...

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A Note From Marsha to Her Son, Stefen

Marsha Aizumi with Stefen,
her straight ally son

Dear...

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PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby on Obama Administration Endorsement of The Equality Act


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2015
Contact: Liz Owen, Director of Communications, PFLAG National |...
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A Letter to the World from Debi about Her Trans Kid

We received, via Facebook, a note in the form of a video link, asking us to take a watch and a listen as a woman took on the myths about transgender kids.

We watched and, well needless to say, we...

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PFLAG National's Statement on Facebook and Real Name Policy

Yesterday, PFLAG National—along with local and national representatives of the drag and LGBTQ communities—attended a meeting regarding Facebook’s real-name...

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A revised birth announcement for Kai Bergert, from his parents Yolanda and Guy

Normally, we would hate to print a retraction. But when it's THIS kind of retraction, well, how can we resist?

Yolanda Bogert and Guy Kershaw...

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API Project of PFLAG NYC Brings in Lunar New Year with Parade, Award

February and March this year are an exciting, festive, and rewarding time for the API Project of PFLAG...
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PFLAG SGV API and "After I Do"

PFLAG SGV API was featured in a piece on Public Radio KPCC about the Asian Pacific Islander LGBT community in Southern California, and the process of coming out based on their cultural needs.

Carol Mannion, president of the...

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If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

This beautiful letter (of sorts) has been reprinted with permission of the author, John Pavlovitz, who originally shared it on his own blog, johnpavlovitz.com.

Thank you, John...

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A note to my son...from mom

Mother and Son
by Niky Never

This is a...

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The Our Tomorrow Campaign

PFLAG is proud to be one of the more than 100 organizations and foundations,

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Powering up PFLAG voices, state by state: A Letter from PFLAG National ED Jody Huckaby

Dear PFLAG Members and Supporters:

Governor Michael Pence of Indiana signed...
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Do you love reading A Note to My Kid? Then send us your own note today!

We love A Note to My Kid...reading each entry, we are beyond moved: we know that somewhere, a person who needs to read these posts is getting exactly the support they need at the exact moment they need it. 

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A birthday note from PFLAG mom Joe Elle to her child...

Nine years ago I gave birth to a beautiful, perfect baby girl.

But this story begins even before...

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An oldie but a goodie...A letter from Dad to Nate

It's not quite Throwback Thursday yet, but we couldn't resist revisiting this wonderful letter from a dad in Michigan, to his high-school age son, Nate.

The note first appeared on the Facebook page of an anti-homophobia organization, then went immediately viral....

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PFLAG New Prague Area Debuts!

Today we hear from Kathy Gage, board member of a new Minnesota chapter, PFLAG New Prague Area:

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New Mexico Declares PFLAG Day

This week, PFLAG National recognizes our New Mexico chapters for an incredible honor. Reported by Steve Terrell...

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A letter from Brynn to her daughter, Eleanore

Brynn Tannehill is a research scientist, advocate for transgender inclusion in the military and writer. Brynn and her wife, Janis, recently moved to Washington, D.C., with their three children.

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