This week, PFLAG National recognizes our New Mexico chapters for an incredible honor. Reported by Steve Terrell over here at the Santa Fe-New Mexican, the New Mexico state Senate, by a unanimous vote, declared February 16th to be PFLAG Day. The memorial was sponsored by Sen. Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces:
“A MEMORIAL DECLARING FEBRUARY 16, 2015 ‘PFLAG DAY’ IN THE SENATE.
WHEREAS, founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, more commonly known as PFLAG, has become the nation's largest family and ally organization; and
WHEREAS, for over twenty years, there have been New Mexico chapters of PFLAG in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Gallup, Las Cruces, Roswell, Santa Fe, Silver City and Taos; and
WHEREAS, uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer with families, friends and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people through its mission of support, education and advocacy; and
WHEREAS, PFLAG chapters in New Mexico have been major advocates for civil rights, including human rights, anti-discrimination, anti-bullying, support of safe schools and freedom to marry; and
WHEREAS, the Santa Fe chapter has a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people scholarship program that has raised over three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) since 1997;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that February 16, 2015 be declared ‘PFLAG Day’ in the senate…”
Congratulations to all of our New Mexico chapters! What an honor to be officially recognized by your state. Keep up the good work of advancing acceptance and affirmation of our LGBTQ friends and family.