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Diverse & Inclusive World

PFLAG's vision is to create a world where difference is celebrated, and all people are valued inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Our mission of support, education, and advocacy guides our work on this important goal. 

Advanced Bi+ Allyship: Going Beyond the "Bi"nary Recording & Training Toolkit

Beginning the ally journey can take a lot of introspection about your biases—and that work must continue as you become a more advanced ally. In this 201-level training, we will...

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Bisexuality+ 101: Understanding & Supporting People Who Are Bi+: Recording & Training Toolkit

The LGBTQ+ community is inclusive of many, but too often certain letters -- and people -- are less visible. As allies become increasingly educated about the LGBTQ+ community and feel more...

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What the +?: Understanding and Supporting Expansive LGBTQ+ Identities Recording & Training Toolkit

Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Simple, right? Not for everyone. As allies become more engaged in LGBTQ+ spaces and advocacy, they often have questions about “the plus.” Please join PFLAG...

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The Equality Act: Taking Action to Advocate for Crucial Legislation Recording & Training Toolkit

The Equality Act is making news again – introduced in February, passed in the House as a bipartisan bill, and now active in the Senate. It is crucial federal legislation...

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Be Kind, Rewind: Recognizing Your Role in Building Inclusion Recording & Training Toolkit

Nonstop social media. Quarantine. Political unrest. Baggage. And so many deadlines. Nearly everyone strives to be a more inclusive, kind leader, but getting it right is rarely easy. We are all...

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Supporting Trans & Nonbinary Loved Ones: What Would You Do? Recording & Training Toolkit

As people who are transgender and nonbinary become more visible, the need to have educated and engaged allies to support them becomes greater. In this session, we’ll review the core...

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LGBTQ Sex Ed: Health, Rights, and Pleasure Recording & Training Toolkit

Sex education for LGBTQ youth tends to be very limited, both in formal and informal spaces. This workshop will raise awareness of the importance of providing LGBTQ youth with...

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How to Stop Arguing About Religion but Make Your Point Recording & Training Toolkit

Religious objections still interfere with the equality of LGBTQ people, and arguments from the Bible, tradition, and religious authorities, are cited by critics to justify discrimination and abuse. We've heard...

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PFLAG Gives Back: A New Resource & Guide for PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

PFLAG chapters, leaders, and members have a long tradition of giving back to the communities where they live. Since 2015, the PFLAG Gives Back program – a community service effort...

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PFLAG Votes 2020: Advocacy in 10 Minutes or Less

These 5-10 minute videos are designed to help PFLAG members and leaders stay nonpartisan as they express excitement, maximize involvement ,and operate successfully within the guidelines set forth by the...

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Let's Get Social: Social Media the PFLAG Way Recording & Training Toolkit

Social media is a fantastic tool for connecting with PFLAG members and others who need PFLAG's support in your community. However, understanding how to create space for a respectful exchange...

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When Someone Comes Out: A PFLAGers Guide to Demonstrating Support and Acceptance Recording & Training Toolkit

The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that the word—and the actions it entails—are simple. However PFLAGers know that it can still be a harrowing...

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Creating a Scholarship Program: A How-To Guide for PFLAG Chapters Recording & Training Toolkit

Scholarship programs are a great way to attract donors, create visibility for your chapter, and demonstrate your support for LGBTQ+ youth in your community. And over the years, countless PFLAG...

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Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth Recording & Training Toolkit

PFLAG National is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) LGBTQ National Advisory Council, which was launched in 2017 to support capacity building efforts for the LGBTQ youth...

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Fair Housing For All: Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community Recording & Training Toolkit

There are an estimated four million incidents of housing discrimination in rental and sales each year. The majority of those incidents are not reported and an even smaller number result...

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Writing Insanely Smart, Thoroughly Effective, and Surprisingly Creative Workshops Recording

When education is a core piece of your mission, being ready to offer learning opportunities and trainings in your community is a core skill for chapters. But developing training programs...

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December 16, 2018

Just one gay acquaintance can change hearts and minds on LGBTQ rights

"Those who were previously opposed or ambivalent about gay and lesbian people can change their hearts and minds," Owen said.

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Stopping the Blitz: Coordinated Response to Christian Nationalist State Campaigns Recording & Training Toolkit

Project Blitz is a concerted campaign designed to shape state law using a distorted concept of religious freedom to push back on LGBTQ equality as well as gender and reproductive justice issues....

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Advocacy in an Election Year for PFLAG Leaders: Your Voice Can Change the World Recording & Training Toolkit

The midterms will be here soon. The urgency of the upcoming election is already dominating the headlines and your social media news feed. And while PFLAGers have always been legislative...

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When LGBTQ+ Past and Present Collide! How LGBTQ+ History Can Inform PFLAG Advocacy Work Recording & Training Toolkit

Understanding key facts about LGBTQ+ history and how it shapes the world we’re in today are an essential part of creating change in our communities. PFLAG leaders. members, and...

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Family Acceptance Within Families of Color Recording & Training Toolkit

Parents of LGBTQ+ children from Asian, Latinx, and African American backgrounds will share their stories of transforming parent’s fear, shame, and guilt into unconditional love and acceptance for their children...

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Keeping Siblings Seen and Supported with Dr. Anderson and Mr. Doherty Recording

Gender diversity impacts everyone in a family.  When a family stands out for any reason, each member is likely to handle this differently.   In the community, siblings of gender...

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Nuestros Seres Queridos Trans: Una Nueva Traducción al Español

Estamos muy orgullosos de anunciar el primero de nuestras nuevas traducciones actualizadas en Español de todas nuestras publicaciones nacionales de PFLAG. La miembro de la junta Isolda Atayde lidera el...

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October 30, 2017

We Are the Change 2017 Photo Album

Were you in Portland? Then you know what an incredible weekend we had at We Are the Change 2017. Did you miss it? Then we know this look will inspire you to join us in 2019!

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Gender Basics for Parents with Joel Baum Recording

Discussions of gender are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, these discussions can leave us more confused than ever. Whether for your own information, or to help you support parents of...

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August 30, 2017

Better Allying in Challenging Times

With growing opposition and resistance to the current political realities in the US there have been new, inspiring examples of the impact that allies can have when they’re visible, vocal, and present. And that has the Straight for Equality team...

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July 26, 2017

Thoughts from a trans army brat...

The callous and cavalier actions by the Commander-in-Chief—desiring to ban active duty and prospective transgender troops from military service—are ignorant and un-American. As an Army brat whose Dad was a career Army and World War II combat veteran, I have...

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June 29, 2017

PFLAGers Take Pride

For the past month, parades, marches, festivals, workshops, picnics, and parties have taken place around the world to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, which honors the Stonewall riots which took place in 1969 in New York City. PFLAGers...

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Health Risk Behaviors among Gender Expansive Students with Alison Gill Recording

In addition to transgender youth, gender expansive (also called gender nonconforming or nonbinary) youth are receiving a great deal of attention in the media and among educators and policymakers. However,...

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April 20, 2017

Welcome, 20/20 Viewers!

Tonight's episode of 20/20, which included focus on families of transgender kids, helped elevate the conversation going on across the country regarding gender identity and gender expression. For some, it may have answered questions, while for others it may have...

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Documentary: FACING FEAR

Facing Fear, a new documentary

Facing Fear, a short Oscar-nominated documentary by Jason Cohen, is now available online. 

As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living...

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November 27, 2016

Faith Resources for Non-Judeo-Christian/Abrahamic Denominations

Given the diversity of the LGBT community, it should come as no surprise that the varieties of religious experience (if we may borrow a phrase from William James) is also varied among them. Below are some organizations outside the Judeo-Christian/Abrahamic (Christian, Jewish and Muslim) faith traditions that offer assistance to LGBTQ people and their allies.

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November 1, 2016

PFLAG Provides Support for Families with Trans Kids

Though many children go through periods of being “gender-expansive”—for example, a preschool boy who prefers princess outfits—parents should pay attention if kids consistently, persistently and ins

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Films on Gender

While transgender representation has too often tended to range from nonexistent to dismal, this isn’t and hasn’t always been the case. The films below include both narrative and documentaries...

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Transgender Reading List for Young Adults

While there's no road map to the young adult years (much to some people's dismay), that doesn't mean that it's completely uncharted territory. If you are, or think you...

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NCLR Transgender Youth Project

National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCLR has launched the Transgender Youth Project to make it easier for transgender youth to live authentically—and with respect—in all aspects of their lives. Building on more than 20 years of advocacy on behalf of the transgender community, the project takes on precedent-setting cases to expand legal protections for youth, advocates for inclusive, affirming, and welcoming policies at all levels of government, and furthers equality through public education.

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June 2, 2016

An Inclusive Pride

Whether you celebrate Pride in June or elsewhere on the calendar, community events are a key place to let people know what you do, the services you provide, your commitment to supporting all people, and how they can connect with...

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Half in Ten Act of 2015

The Half in Ten Act of 2015 establishes a Federal Interagency Working Group on Reducing Poverty in the Department of Health and Human Services and requires it to...

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American Civil Rights Cities Act

This bill directs the National Park Service to designate one city per year as an “American Civil Rights City” to highlight that city’s commitment to protecting civil rights and...

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End Pay Discrimination Through Information Act

This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee in response to a sex discrimination complaint or...

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Stop AIDS in Prison Act

This bill directs the Bureau of Prisons to create comprehensive policy to provide testing, treatment, and prevention of HIV to federal prison...

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Restore Honor to Service Members Act

This bill will help service members discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation correct their military record to reflect their honorable service.

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Voices for Veterans Act

This bill will expand the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include LGBT veterans.

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Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

This bill will change the Basic Center Grant Program to include safe shelter to runaway and homeless youth and provide them with services while there, extending...

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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2014

This bill will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to require the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs to review the procedures when it comes to...

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Social Security and Marriage Equality Act

This bill will amend the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance section of Title II of the Social Security Act to make sure that...

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LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2015

This bill will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to designate LGBTQ older adults as a population with "greatest social need," permanently establish...

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Corporate America is leading the way in creating LGBTQ-friendly and inclusive work environments by adopting inclusive workplace policies protecting LGBTQ employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or...

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The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act

The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act amends sections of Title 38 of the US Code to give all LGBTQ veterans and their families access to their VA benefits regardless of their...

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Freedom of Religion

When the Hobby Lobby decision was announced in 2014, PFLAG National issued the following statement: a clear, fair, and firm message on the organization’s position on freedom of religion.

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Respect for Marriage Act (RMA)

The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) repeals Section 2 of DOMA and provides same-sex couples with certainty that federal benefits and...

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Military Service

In 1950, just two years after President Truman signed an executive order desegregating the United States Armed Forces, the Department of Defense began discriminating against LGB service members. When President...

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Hate Crime Statistics and Prevention

The Transgender Day of Remembrance in November 2015 marked the most violent deaths in the U.S. of transgender women of color ever since counting formally began in 1998, and it...

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Hate Crimes Prevention Toolkit

Anti-LGBTQ violence – both reported and unreported – continues along with hate crimes based on race, religion, gender, national origin, and other real or perceived identities. Too many of us...

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Claim Your Rights

If you have experienced bullying, harassment, or discrimination in school because of sexual orientation or gender identity, you’re not alone. According to GLSEN, approximately 85% of high school students report...

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International PFLAG/Family Organizations

PFLAG (aka PFLAG National) operates only in the United States and has formal affiliation agreements with all of its chapters. However, there are a number of organizations around the world...

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Straight for Equality in Healthcare Chapter Field Guide

Straight for Equality in Healthcare will only be as effective as our outreach with it. We must work together to ensure that this key resource makes it into the hands...

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Straight for Equality in Healthcare Publication

This guide helps healthcare professionals understand how they too can help move equality forward. By being more inclusive in their language and learning more about the unique challenges that LGBT...

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be not afraid - help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities

be not afraid – help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities aims to move the way we understand our religious beliefs and our relationships with LGBTQ people...

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March 23, 2016

Statement from PFLAG's NC State Coordinator on State Repeal of LGBT Protections

"Today, our legislative leaders launched an attack on our families and on the American ideals of fairness and inclusion, passing a bill that not only bans all cities from enacting LGBT nondiscrimin

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April 11, 2016

Statement on North Carolina Governor's Executive Order

GREENSBORO, NC - PFLAG National board member and Greensboro, NC resident, Linda Stroupe, today issued the following statement in response to North Carolina Gov. McCrory’s Executive Order:

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March 29, 2016

PFLAG National Salutes HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act

WASHINGTON, DC - PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby reacted to today’s historic double transplant from an HIV-infected donor to an HIV-infected recipient:

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April 30, 2014

Tim Teeman's Open Letter to Barry Manilow

We had to share this great piece by Tim Teeman over at The Daily Beast. As news of Barry Manilow's union with his longtime love (and manager and company president) Garry Kief hit the press, Manilow...

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December 31, 2017

Stunned in Selma on Saturday

From PFLAG National Policy Director Diego M. Sanchez, APR:
On Saturday, March 7th, 2015, I methodically adjusted my tie to center its lip as I made...
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December 8, 2014

An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom

Today we are sharing an open letter that our parent organization, PFLAG National, signed on to along with 46 other LGBTQ organizations, in regards to the recent outcry in our country. PFLAG was formed by a brave mother who stood up...

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September 30, 2014

PFLAG's Inclusive Name

PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization of parents, families, and allies united with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ)—announced today at its annual membership meeting the election of Jean Hodges of Boulder, Colorado, as its new board president. She...

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June 25, 2015

PFLAG Nashville President Celebrates Military Pride

Today we hear from Kathy Halbrooks, the President of PFLAG Nashville, and the Tennessee State Coordinator.

I had the pleasure of attending the Second Annual NSA Mid-South LGBT celebration on June 26 in Millington, Tennessee. The keynote...

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June 10, 2015

PFLAG Ogden: Pride at Hill Airforce Base

Today we hear from Barb D'Arco, president of PFLAG Ogden, one of our Utah chapters. She writes of a moving, major milestone, one that could not have happened without the hard work of PFLAGers everywhere!

I am a civilian...

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January 16, 2014

PFLAG API Chapters in New York and Los Angeles Celebrate Lunar New Year!

The 2014 Lunar New Year was last week, and PFLAGers on both coasts celebrated diversity of all kind by marching in parades with other API constituents. We have reports from both Califonia and New York on these special celebrations!

First...

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January 14, 2015

Building the Bridge Towards a Beloved Community

Today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we hear from PFLAG National board member Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. Rev. Caldwell is a retired United Methodist Minister who lives in Asbury Park, NJ. He was active in the Massachusetts...

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