July 29, 2016

Each month, we’re sharing the important commemorative days, weeks--and special months, when we have them--that will help further the cause of LGBTQ equality by elevating the message across special celebrations for many different communities.

Here are the highlights for August.

Weeks

Family Fun Month

Family Fun Month is a great time for families with LGBTQ people to reconnect and reaffirm their support for each other and the community as a whole. As the nation’s largest organization for families (and allies of course) of people who are LGBTQ, no one knows better than PFLAGers the need for this type of connection and support; they live it and advocate for it every day. Whether you find time to spend with your own LGBTQ family members, or offer family-friendly activities from your chapter, the options are endless to spotlight families--and PFLAG--all month long.

Days

August 12: International Youth Day

An awareness day designated by the United Nations, International Youth Day focuses on youth and the issues important to them, as well as the contributions made to society by young people. At PFLAG, we not only work to support LGBTQ youth through programs like Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All and by supporting GSAs in schools and other youth-focused activities, but we also work to uplift youth who want to make a difference. These critical efforts can be seen most keenly in our National Scholarship Program, which was specifically created to support education for LGBTQ and ally youth who are already working to make a difference in their communities.

August 26: Women’s Equality Day

Each year, the U.S. President proclaims this to be a day to recognize women gaining the right to vote, which occurred with the passage of the 19th Amendment back in 1920. Recognition of the day began in 1971, and has occurred every year since. Despite passage of the amendment, it’s always important to remember that African-American women, mostly those living in the South, still faced obstacles in voting...obstacles that in some parts of the country continue to this day. In this important election season, it’s crucial that as PFLAGers we do everything we can to get out the vote...and to remember the ways we can--and can’t--do that within the confines of our 501c3 status. Be sure to check out (and share with others) this month’s article on our advocacy and policy publications, including Make It Count...our guide to getting out the vote.

Let us know if your chapter highlights the special days or remembrances above in a unique and fun way...we’d love to share your story on the new pflag.org. Send your stories to us at info@pflag.org.

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