April 29, 2019

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 LGBTQ+ kids of all ages.

Now, we're hoping you'll share with us, in honor of Mother's Day, what equality -- and, specifically, passage of the Equality Act -- would mean for you and your child. 

As PFLAGers know, the Equality Act is federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity at work, and in the context of housing, credit, education, and jury service. It would also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in programs that receive federal funding and places of public accommodations, as well as expand the list of protected places of public accommodations to include retail stores, transportation services like airports, taxis and bus stations, and service providers like accountants, for all protected characteristics. To learn more, visit pflag.org/equalityact.

In honor of Mother's Day, we want to hear from our moms--or kids with supportive moms--what passage of the Equality Act would mean for those you love. Whether it would mean your child could move with their family and keep their job in a less-than-supportive state, attend school safely, or just give you peace of mind that your child is equally protected under the law, we want to raise up your voices and stories for Mother's Day.

Write a letter to your child, write a story, share a photo with a short statement, or send us a short video -- we LOVE videos! -- and we'll share it across social media. You can send materials to Liz Owen, Director of Communications, at [email protected], or share it yourself on social media with the hashtags #EqualityStartsWithMe and #PFLAGMom; on May 12th, we'll do the rest.

Have questions? We can help with those too! Reach out to Liz; she's here to support your storytelling efforts!

We look forward to hearing from you, and to wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day.