Former PFLAG National Executive Director Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D. spoke at the rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court as oral arguments on Charlie Craig v. Masterpiece Cakeshop took place. She also had an opportunity to meet and speak with Charlie's mom, Debbie Munn, a longtime PFLAG mom herself. Pictured here with Dr. Grant and PFLAG National Director of Advocacy, Policy and Partnerships Diego M. Sanchez, PFLAG's impact could be seen and felt everywhere as this courageous mom and her son took their case all the way to the Supreme Court.
Dr. Grant shared the following remarks at the rally:
Good Morning -- I come here today to bring you the strength and fierceness of PFLAG National’s 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters as we stand together and refuse to go back, refuse to bow to anyone’s view of us as unworthy of service in any business, in any situation.
I stand here with you as we refuse to accept the erosion of our basic rights -- and to declare our love for LGBTQ families everywhere.
I am Dr. Jaime Grant, and I’m the relatively new Executive Director of this amazing 45 year old organization. PFLAG’s intrepid founder, Jeanne Manford, would have been 97 years old yesterday. In 1972, Jeanne fought tooth and nail for her gay son’s right to be treated fairly. Jeanne fought for Morty’s right to be physically safe. For his right to literally exist.
And here I am, 45 years later—a proud lesbian and PFLAG Mom of a bisexual son—still fighting, like all of the mothers and family members of LGBTQ people over the years who have stood up in the face of cruel indifference, discrimination and violence.
As Charlie Craig’s mother, Debbie Munn--a longtime PFLAG mom!--has said: This landmark case was never about the cake. The refusal of service by this singular prejudiced shopkeeper threatens decades of hard earned wins that form the underpinnings of our dignity and freedom. One unconstitutionally biased baker puts back into play the possibility of LGBTQ people--ALL marginalized people--hearing “Your kind won’t be served here.”
All us are feeling the poisonous backlash right now. It’s seeping into our daily lives, into news stories and into language we hear in our communities. We see it in state legislatures and the smallest town governments. We see it on Capitol Hill, and we hear it being voiced from the highest offices of the land.
When my queer, mixed-race family moved to the midwest in 2012, I was that desperate mother, the one in the emergency room, being served indignity and disrespect, fighting frantically to be heard, to be attended to, while my son’s health worsened to the point that he needed emergency surgery.
We all stand here together this morning because we know -- it is not only cake that must be served, but Justice.
Justice must be served here today so that our LGBTQ children may be served by doctors in emergency rooms.
Justice must be served here today so that our transgender neighbors may be served attentively by paramedics at the scene of accidents.
Justice must be served here today so that our LGBTQ loved ones will be served the good jobs that they are eminently qualified for.
Justice must be served here today so that LGBTQ people living in poverty may be served housing when it is desperately needed.
Justice must be served here today so that any of us, on our worst day, in our most vulnerable states, will be served life-saving shelter when we are fleeing violence or homelessness.
I stand here today, among all of you, my friends, and colleagues, this beloved community -- to demand that justice be served here. We will accept nothing less.