"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 don’t turn.”
- Bayard Rustin
Just after the new year, we challenged PFLAGers to take action as the “angelic troublemakers” spoken about by Bayard Rustin. We have watched with pride--especially in the last 100 days of challenges, battles, and work to protect the advances already made--as PFLAG members and supporters have tucked themselves into places to keep the wheels of injustice from rolling over not just LGBTQ people, but people from many different marginalized communities. We have seen you take action in support of immigrants, and in support of people of color. We have heard you speak in support of people of different faiths and ethnicities, ages and abilities.
Simply put: PFLAGers are coming through as they always have,taking the steps needed to make a difference for people at the cross-section of a variety of different communities. Your actions have echoed those of our founder, Jeanne Manford, who took literal steps in support of her gay son at a Pride march in the streets of NYC, carrying a homemade sign calling on others to take steps with her in support of their own children.
This June 28th, we will celebrate the 45th anniversary of that march and, to honor Jeanne’s legacy, we are launching our #TakeOneStep campaign. The angelic troublemakers of PFLAG know better than anyone how to turn opposition into opportunity and understand all too well that it will be a marathon, not a sprint, to get to our necessary and worthy goal of justice and equality for all people. Each day offers an opportunity to move closer to that ideal, one step at a time.
Ready to take #TakeOneStep, and help us celebrate PFLAG’s first angelic troublemaker? You can get involved by:
- Staying active. Continue following in Jeanne’s footsteps and #TakeOneStep in support of diverse marginalized communities, in a meaningful way and as often as you can. The centerfold story in our recent digital edition of the PFLAGPole shared a number of steps that can be taken, any time--each one will make a difference in someone’s life.
- Getting connected. Follow us on social media using #TakeOneStep for different ways you can take action from now until June 28th. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and we’ll connect back and follow YOU!
- Telling the world.Tell us about--or show us--the steps YOU’RE taking by sharing your photos, videos, and stories using #TakeOneStep. You can also submit them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will showcase them on our blog and in social media, too.
- Commemorating the moment. Hot off the presses: We’ve released a fantastic limited-edition PFLAG shirt--tee, long-sleeve, sweat, and hoodie--celebrating and honoring all of PFLAG’s angelic troublemakers! Great to wear, great to gift, and they're PERFECT for Pride, too! Grab yours now, supply is truly limited.
Let’s continue the work, extending Jeanne’s rallying cry of support from parents to other family members, friends, co-workers, and allies from all walks of life. Together, we’ll keep taking those crucial steps, big and small, toward equality and fairness for all people.