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June 19, 2019

New groups build on PFLAG's lasting legacy

"... the next step is thinking about how we go beyond the hugs."

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June 27, 2019

How One PFLAG Mom Changed Other Parents’ Minds About Their Children’s Sexuality

For nearly 40 years, Paulette Goodman has been helping people accept their LGBTQ children.

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June 27, 2019

PFLAG New Orleans awards 24 students with academic scholarships

The New Orleans Chapter of PFLAG recently held its Sanda Pailet Memorial Champagne Scholarship Reception. This year, 24 students were each awarded at least $1,000, and several donors were honored for their many years of support. 

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June 21, 2019

PFLAG Santa Clarita hosts Pride picnic

QueerSCV and PFLAG Santa Clarita joined together to host 'Picnic in the Park' as a part of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

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June 19, 2019

P is for pride Chicago organizations that offer help, advice, and solidarity

"A PFLAG get-together is often the first step for parents of recently out LGBTQI people trying to navigate the new waters and learn how to be supportive."

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June 17, 2019

Jeanne Manford was not just the ultimate ally. She was our mom.

“It’s truly beautiful and overwhelming to see the hundreds of thousands of people now building on the legacy started by PFLAG’s founder..."

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June 7, 2019

MLB and PFLAG National encouraging workplace allyship during Pride Month

MLB PRIDE held a Lunch & Learn seminar in partnership with PFLAG National entitled “From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Addressing Bullying Behaviors.”

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June 4, 2019

PFLAG Beaumont Celebrates Pride Month

Beaumont Pride Fest hosted by PFLAG Beaumont promises to be a full day of entertainment, celebration, and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community of Southeast Texas.

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June 4, 2019

PFLAG Casper Organizes Casper Pride Week

PFLAG Casper organized the video testimonials, which feature people of different generations discussing their experiences as an LGBT person in Wyoming for this Casper Pride Week.

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May 29, 2019

PFLAG Norman Hosts 4th Annual Pride Picnic

PFLAG Norman will host its fourth annual Pride Picnic. The PFLAG Picnic is a great chance for the LGBTQ+ community, family, and friends to get together and share in the joys of summer in a safe space sharing in food, laughter, and activities. It is a great event for the whole family.

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May 28, 2019

Rockford will declare June as city’s first ever Pride Month

The Rockford Chapter of PFLAG spearheaded the idea to get Rockford to officially proclaim June as Pride Month in honor of the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. 

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May 28, 2019

PFLAG Jackson walks in Old West Days parade for the first time in history

A group of about 35 people representing PFLAG, a national family and ally organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and the LGBTQ+ community walked in the parade alongs

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May 27, 2019

PFLAG Manistee Receives Grant

PFLAG Manistee was recently awarded a grant from the Youth Advisory Council of the Manistee Community Foundation to be used for PFLAG’s Book Donation Program.

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May 26, 2019

Jackson PFLAG Hosts 5th Annual Teton Pride Picnic

Jackson PFLAG is hosting the fifth annual Teton Pride Picnic. Last year, Jackson had nearly 100 people attend our Pride event.

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May 23, 2019

PFLAG Spartanburg Moves Forward With Center Plans

PFLAG Spartanburg is closer to opening an outreach center for LGBTQ youth in Spartanburg.

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May 23, 2019

Pendleton seniors earn PFLAG scholarships

Pendleton High School seniors Daphny Chen and Samuel Attridge are the 2019 recipients of the $1,000 Roberta Frasier Anderson Diversity Scholarship, presented by PFLAG Pendleton.

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May 14, 2019

PFLAG on Political Negativity and Impact on LGBTQ+ Youth

“This study confirms what we at PFLAG know about bias-based bullying.

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April 16, 2019

2019 PFLAG Greeley Scholarship Award recipient announced

Northridge High School senior Rafael Duarte is the 2019 PFLAG Greeley Scholarship Award recipient.

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March 27, 2019

PFLAG Michigan City & LaPorte County to screen “Becoming More Visible”

PFLAG Michigan City & LaPorte County will host a special film viewing of “Becoming More Visible” in the Uptown Arts District in downtown Michigan City.

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February 19, 2019

Santa Clarita Valley PFLAG Gives Back

Santa Clarita Valley chapter of PFLAG create and assemble 800 educational packets for local schools.

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February 10, 2019

Iowa Representative to meet with PFLAG Ames

The Ames chapter of PFLAG, the world’s largest family and ally organization, will be hosting Iowa Legislature representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell at its meeting Tuesday.

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January 15, 2019

PFLAG Hutchinson opens new LGBTQ space

"Community outreach is one of PFLAG Hutchinson's primary goals for the Hutchinson area this year as they open a new LGBTQ center"

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January 13, 2019

PFLAG Featured in Dear Abby

"PFLAG is an organization whose mission is to help LGBTQ people and their families build bridges of understanding."

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January 9, 2019

PFLAG National Learning and Inclusion Director discusses 'The Lavender Scare'

"Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG National participates in panel discussion for 'The Lavender Scare'"

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January 9, 2019

PFLAG Houlton breaking down social barriers

“You can’t tell if a person is gay or straight,” Holden said. “We exist for support, education and advocacy.”

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January 2, 2019

PFLAG Helps Teen Come Out

"His dad’s acceptance evolved rather quickly. Within a year of Adams transition, Mr. Miller was attending PFLAG meetings regularly and even marched in Atlanta’s Pride parade with the PFLAG chapter."

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December 31, 2018

Famous Former PFLAGer's Advocacy Through Media

"Kevyn Aucoin helped start chapters of PFLAG and encouraged celebrities to offer positive messages to queer youth–a practice much less commonplace at the time."

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December 19, 2018

How to Deal With An Unsupportive Family During The Holidays

"Broadly spoke with the President of PFLAG National to find out how LGBTQ youth—and everybody—can cope with unsupportive relatives during the holiday season."

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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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December 10, 2018

Vogue Theater joins with PFLAG Manistee to bring a film to life

The Vogue Theater has partnered with PFLAG Manistee for the viewing of “Boy Erased”

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November 27, 2018

Homophobia in Washington State moves PFLAG to action

"Homophobic Facebook post incites fear and anxiety within the local LGBTQ community and anonymous individuals started a campaign to promote inclusiveness within Sedro-Woolley and Skagit Valley"

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November 27, 2018

Proposed anti-discrimination ordinance put on hold in Dillon

The three Dillon City Council members considering whether a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance should go before the full council failed, again, to make a decision at a crowded meeting Tuesday.

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November 25, 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance honored locally on Nov. 27

"The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998."

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November 24, 2018

PFLAG Salisbury featured in new parade

"PFLAG and Salisbury PRIDE were featured in the '’Tis the Season Spectacular' as well as other groups that have not been invited to participate before."

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November 20, 2018

PFLAG Dillion Supports Non-Discrimination Ordinance

"PFLAG Dillon has asked the City of Dillon to adopt a non-discrimination (otherwise known as expansion of the definition of protected persons) city ordinance."

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November 17, 2018

Decatur PFLAG gathers to honor murdered transgender individuals

Those who came together with PFLAG at 1st Congregational Church on Sunday gathered for a solemn purpose — to honor the lives of transgender people murdered because of their identity.

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November 14, 2018

PFLAG playing a vital role in family relationships

"Some families are inadequately exposed and informed about the LGBTQ community. This is where organizations like PFLAG can play a vital role in family members’ relationships with one another."

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November 10, 2018

PFLAG Featured in 'Boy Erased' poster

"In order to help end conversion therapy, Focus Features has produced a series of posters, debuting exclusively in The Advocate, which shine a light on organizations like PFLAG"

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October 16, 2018

Local PFLAG speaks out against LGBTQ suicide

"Local members of PFLAG Quincy, IL are very troubled by the denunciation and marginalization of members of our community who are LGBT"

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October 2, 2018

PFLAG Rehoboth sets up Gay History Month displays at libraries

"The Rehoboth Beach, Del., chapter of PFLAG, the national organization representing parents and friends of LGBT people, has provided three Rehoboth area public libraries with special LGBT exhibits for the month of October to commemorate Gay History Month."

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September 27, 2018

Three mothers form South Bay chapter of PFLAG

"Linda Reeves, along with two other mothers of gay children — Cindy Byrne and Tina Sarafa — will soon launch the first Manhattan Beach and South Bay chapter"

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September 26, 2018

Three South Bay mothers are starting a local PFLAG chapter

"By providing a PFLAG chapter that supports families and helps them be the support they need to be for their kids. We will literally be saving lives and improving the emotional well being of all of our LGBTQ kids."

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August 8, 2018

Verizon donates $250,000 to PFLAG

"The international telecommunications company Verizon presented a check on Monday for $250,000 to PFLAG, which advocates for families and allies of LGBT people, at the group’s headquarters in Washi

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June 25, 2018

PFLAG Has Been A Lifesaving Resource For Families Of LGBTQ Kids For Decades

“PFLAG was the scaffolding to hold me up and my family together while we went on an amazing journey to understand, accept and eventually celebrate our trans child,”

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June 16, 2018

Three local students awarded $1,000 scholarships during PFLAG picnic

"The picnic brought together representatives of the LGBTQ community, families and allies, welcoming them with an array of games, activities, a tie-dye station and lunch consisting of hot dogs, chip

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May 10, 2018

Meet the Group of LGBTQ Activists Reconnecting Families in China

 "Joan traveled with other families from Guangxi to share her story with more than 500 friends and strangers at the Guangzhou regional conference of PFLAG China."

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December 11, 2017

PFLAG National Board Member Susan Thronson "Won't Be Denied"

"Family acceptance for LGBTQ youth who face homelessness and attempt suicide at tragic and unacceptable levels.

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September 11, 2017

PFLAG National Names Jaime M. Grant Executive Director

Today, PFLAG National — America's leading organization uniting the families and allies of LGBTQ youth — named Jaime M. Grant as its new executive director.

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September 8, 2017

PFLAG launched in La Porte County

After a year of planning and intense work this spring, PFLAG National has granted chapter status to PFLAG Michigan City (MC) which will serve all La Porte County.

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August 9, 2017

PFLAG Offers a Hopeful Glimmer

I do believe we will retain much of the progress we have made toward LGBT inclusion and understanding in schools.

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August 9, 2017

Oakland A's Outfielder Learns From--and Donates to--PFLAG

Oakland A's outfielder Matt Joyce was suspended by Major League Baseball for two games after calling an Angels fan an anti-LGBT slur in a heated exchange during a game in Anaheim.

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August 4, 2017

Oakland A's Donate portion of Matt Joyce's salary to PFLAG

Oakland outfielder Matt Joyce received a two-game suspension without pay Saturday for directing a gay slur toward a fan in Anaheim and he will take part in a public outreach initiative with PFLAG,

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July 27, 2017

Michelle Visage recommends PFLAG

Show up, help in shelters if you can, get involved in PFLAG, do what you can do to help in any way that you can. Consciousness is key.

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July 25, 2017

PFLAG Beaumont Educational Chair speaks out on President Trump's Transgender Ban Tweets

"Being told that we're a burden, that we don't matter, that our contribution to the life, liberty, and freedom of the people in this nation, don't matter, is very difficult, it's a hard pill to swa

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July 23, 2017

PFLAG Poll finds most Australian Christians support Gay Marriage

PFLAG national spokesperson Shelley Argent said the findings were a sign that the government should “have a free vote [on marriage equality] and get this done”.

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July 22, 2017

PFLAG's Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Partnerships speaks to The Daily Beast

Diego Sanchez, director of advocacy, policy and partnerships for PFLAG, a family and ally organization for LGBT individuals, echoed McKay’s sentiments to The Daily Beast that greater visibility is

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July 17, 2017

PFLAG and 26 Others Cosign Letter Opposing Trump's Judicial Choices

In the letter co-signed by the Human Rights Campaign, National Centre for Transgender Equality, Freedom for All Americans and PFLAG, among others, Lambda Legal argues that “the records of Mr.

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July 11, 2017

PFLAG Howard County to Launch HoCo Pride in 2018

At the Howard County executive’s quarterly LGBT Roundtable last month, Jumel Howard, a member of the PFLAG-Howard County Steering Committee, discussed preliminary plans for a Pride celebration to t

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July 10, 2017

PFLAG and other pro-LGBT organizations advocate at Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting

Liz Owen, director of communications for PFLAG National, attended the Phoenix event and says it confirmed that LGBT acceptance is a value that r

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June 28, 2017

PFLAG Salisbury-Rowan Awards Scholarships

 The Salisbury-Rowan chapter of PFLAG and the Scholarships Advisory Committee have awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to local students.

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June 28, 2017

PFLAGers offer support in China

On May 20, "Lover's Day" in China, a group of mothers, affiliated with the US-founded PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), caused a stir by appearing at a Shanghai park where

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June 26, 2017

Actor Adrian Grenier To Join Jenn-Air At PFLAG National HOT! Annual Fundraising Event

Actor, filmmaker, activist and musician Adrian Grenier, best known as the lead in the HBO hit series Entourage, will join guests at HOT!, the annual fundraiser in support

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June 26, 2017

Dear Abby Recommends PFLAG

In a column addressing a woman struggling to understand gender fluidity, Dear Abby reccommended PFLAG's "Guide to Being a Trans Ally."

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June 24, 2017

PFLAG Salisbury Organizes First Rainbow Fun Run

The Fun Run organizers from PFLAG Salisbury, a local LGBTQ ally organization and Lower Shore LGBTQ Coalition say it's not just about raising awareness that all are welcome but showing pride too.

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June 22, 2017

Subaru of America Continues Partnership with PFLAG National to Make School Environments Safe

Since 2015, Subaru has partnered with PFLAG National and its network of chapters across the country to 

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June 21, 2017

Sales of Apple Watch Pride Edition Band will support PFLAG and other LGBTQ groups

The new Product Information section of the Pride Woven Nylon band on Apple's website confirms that a portion of proceeds from its sales in the United States will help benefit LGBTQ groups including

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June 19, 2017

PFLAG Greater Boston board member first recipient of the Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award

 The Bang Group — a percussive dance company created by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker, hosted its first-ever “Snap, Crackle, BANG!” event at the Dance Complex over the weekend and awarded Greater

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June 17, 2017

PFLAG Norman Helps Plan Pride Parade

 In honor of National Pride Month, LGBTQ communities and supporters are gearing up for Oklahoma’s largest annual pride parade, and Norman is no exception.

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June 15, 2017

PFLAG comments on the LGBT Pride Act

“To not include sexual orientation and gender identity in CDC reporting on violent death victims is to erase the high incidence of fatal violence that LGBTQ people experience,” Elizabeth Raymond Ko

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June 8, 2017

PFLAG and Others Pay Tribute to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Victims

PFLAG Napa delivered the Orlando Pulse Memorial Quilt to PFLAG Orlando last October. It contains 49 squares, each of which memorializes one of the lives lost in the June 12 mass shooting.

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June 1, 2017

Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar to Donate Portion of Forfeited Salary to PFLAG

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar will donate his forfeited salary from a two-game suspension last month to two Toronto-area LGBTQ organizations.

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May 21, 2017

PFLAG Pendleton Awards Diversity Scholarship

Pendleton High School senior Raeana Mikel is the 2017 recipient of a $1,000 Roberta Frazier Anderson Diversity Scholarship, presented by PFLAG Pendleton.

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May 12, 2017

PFLAG Kearney Marches with Pride

"Kearney is actually very accepting. Most of the businesses. We have $2,000 worth of prizes from the city of Kearney. We're blessed,” PFLAG Kearney president Kimberly Ryan said.

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May 9, 2017

PFLAG Jackson Hole Hosts Gender Revolution Screening

“The complexity of gender identity is not a new issue, but rather an issue that is now rising to the level of greater visibility for more people,” said Mark House

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May 9, 2017

Josh Kraft honored by Greater Boston PFLAG

Greater Boston PFLAG honored Josh Kraft at its annual Pride & Passion benefit at Boston Marriott Copley Place on April 27.

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May 3, 2017

'Religious Freedom' Order May Still Be Used to Discriminate

And PFLAG National released a statement reading in part, "In signing this so-called 'religious liberty' order, the president has essentially granted broad permission to discriminate..."

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May 3, 2017

House votes to implement Affordable Health Care Act, PFLAG National Responds

PFLAG National Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm said, "Each one of us has an individual story about why access to health care is so important, deeply personal and, for too many, can involv

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April 20, 2017

Trans Student's Journey to Activist...and President of PFLAG Pasadena

Today, Aiden, 28, is pursuing his master’s degree, married, and is an activist in the LGBTQ community as president of the Pasadena chapter of PFLAG, an advocacy group.

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March 30, 2017

Sarah Rohde, PFLAG Nevada County: Start a conversation today, Transgender Day of Visibility

"I challenge you to start a conversation today, on Transgender Day of Visibility, with your friends: you can empower someone in your community by embracing the idea that transgender people are peop

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March 26, 2017

CNN's Ana Navarro to be Honored by PFLAG

"With a wider political divide than ever before, as a nonpartisan organization we felt it was important to honor different ally voices of support for the LGBTQ community, and Ana Navarro is such an

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March 25, 2017

Juli Stratton: Seeing Past Labels and Into People's Hearts

"I have learned that to be in community is to experience a sense of belonging," Stratton said. "To belong is to be related to and to be a part of something greater than ourselves."

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March 23, 2017

PFLAG National to Honor Martha Plimpton

This year, the event will celebrate Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, CNN political analyst Ana Navarro, and Alcoa.

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March 21, 2017

PFLAG official talks transgender workplace support

"Becoming an ally is not an overnight transition for most people," Navetta said. "The only way they can take this journey is if we take this journey along with them.

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March 13, 2017

NCAA commits to inclusivity in response to letter from LGBTQ advocates

With organizations such as media watchdog GLAAD, PFLAG, Lambda Legal and the National LGBTQ Task Force co-signing, along with numerous state and local organizations, the letter represents the full

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March 13, 2017

Parents demand board action after bus driver's remarks

“My heart is racing, and I just couldn't hold it in anymore. I tried,” said Polk Pride board member and Polk County PFLAG president Kerri McCoy.

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March 5, 2017

Proposal To Ban Conversion Therapy Moves To Public Hearing

Peterson Toscano, a native of Stamford, underwent conversion therapy. His experience, written in a statement, was read by Donna Warren, an LGBTQ advocate and PFLAG mother.

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March 4, 2017

Relaunched #ClaimYourRights Campaign Supports Transgender Students

In response to the confusing messages being sent by DeVos and the Department of Education regarding Title IX, LGBT advocacy groups GLSEN and PFLAG have relaunched their 2009 #ClaimYourRights campai

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March 4, 2017

Trans teen lobbies Ozark school for access

"I was worried about him being picked on," said Meghan Howard, who turned to the education and advocacy group PFLAG for guidance. "He was angry and closed off.

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March 1, 2017

PFLAG National Part of Congressional Trans Equality Task Force Relaunch

Four out transgender leaders spoke at the Thursday morning press conference in D.C., including...PFLAG's Diego Sanchez — who was the first openly transgender senior staffer on Capitol Hill. Sanchez

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March 1, 2017

PFLAG Port Huron on Title IX Guidance Rescission

Lisa Seelmann is the vice president of PFLAG Port Huron, a local chapter of a national organization that exists to support and advocate for those in the LGBTQ community, families, friends and allie

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February 23, 2017

GLSEN and PFLAG National relaunch #ClaimYourRights campaign in support of transgender students

Today, GLSEN and PFLAG join together to re-launch our #ClaimYourRights Campaign, to help anyone affected by or witnessing anti-transgender discrimination in our schools file a complaint with the Of

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February 22, 2017

How To Protest For Transgender Rights Because Now Is The Time To Take Action

Contacting your representatives is imperative; as PFLAG, a nonprofit run by allies of the LGBTQ community, points out, you can contact your congressional representatives whether or not you have a s

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February 22, 2017

Reactions: Trump Administration Rescinds Title IX Protections For Trans Students

“Tomorrow we will fight even harder for the protections that Title IX still affords all transgender youth across the country.”

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February 21, 2017

Trump Administration Revokes Trans Student Guidelines

And PFLAG executive director Elizabeth Kohm said, “PFLAG hearts everywhere are with the worried parents who will be kept awake tonight, and the kids who will be scared to go to school in the mornin

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February 14, 2017

PFLAG Will Hold Trump Administration Accountable — Kids' Lives Depend on It

How do we all move forward, when those who are supposed to lead in keeping our students safe have demonstrated a lack of experience, knowledge, and commitment to doing so?

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January 24, 2017

PFLAG Mom Author Tarney on raising a gender-creative son

She is on the board of the It Gets Better Project and she’s very active in PFLAG NYC, volunteering regularly as a speaker for its Safe Schools Program.

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January 23, 2017

PFLAG Naples Chapter Leader Honored

The man has dedicated the last decade of his life to advocating and acting on a range of social justice issues in Collier County.

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January 16, 2017

Psychology Today Recommends PFLAG on Blog

This is a national support and advocacy group primarily for parents of LGBT people that has hundreds of local chapters, so there is likely to be one near you. 

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January 7, 2017

PFLAG Boulder Mom Makes a Difference at the Library

So Jackson, a PFLAG Boulder County board member, worked with the St. Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition to encourage the St.

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January 5, 2017

Dear Abby Suggests PFLAG Approach to Family

A family's negative reaction sends a strong message.

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January 2, 2017

PFLAGer Partners on "Empathy Conversations" Panel

I thought that Leonard's personal familial experience and the fact that he has helped a great many other families through his volunteer work with PFLAG made him incredibly well-suited for the panel

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December 25, 2016

PFLAG Longview Leader Speaks Out on TX Anti-Trans Bill

Patti Maxwell, a member of PFLAG in Longview, said the act would do more harm than good.

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December 17, 2016

PFLAGer Honored with 2016 OC Human Relations Award

Michelle Evans, is a transgender woman, and is the transgender coordinator of PFLAG Orange County's Speaker’s Bureau.

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December 17, 2016

Psychology Today Suggests PFLAG to Readers

Show support and acceptance of your child even if you are struggling with your feelings...You can join your local chapter of PFLAG to find groups and activities that support gay, lesbian, bisexual

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December 15, 2016

Organizations Provide Holiday Assistance for At-Risk LGBTQ Youth

Elizabeth Kohm, the organization's interim executive director, told NBC Out PFLAG begins to think about its holiday strategy as early as September.

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November 29, 2016

OK Gazette Profile of PFLAG RD Kay Holladay

When Kay Holladay’s son David came out to his family at age 16, there were no tears or confusion and there was no teeth-gnashing or condemnation.

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November 28, 2016

PFLAG Dallas Speaks Out On Texas Proposed "Outing" Bill

In Amarillo, Texas, Republican Texas State Senator Konni Burton has introduced a bill that will force teachers and any other school faculty to out LGBT students, even if the student asks to keep th

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November 23, 2016

PFLAG Butte Provides Critical Trans Support

Think for a minute of how we would be different if our focus was directed to the least among us: those individuals or groups who have been marginalized, demonized, ignored, and maligned.

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November 22, 2016

WA PFLAGers Speak Out on Florist Lawsuit

“In every opportunity I get, I’m going to show my faith and stand beside him,” says Romine. “I’m a big supporter of PFLAG.

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November 22, 2016

PFLAG National on NY Proposed "PENCE" Bill

Patrick Burke, a legislator in New York's Erie County, proposed a bill this week that would ban conversion therapy for minors.

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November 17, 2016

PFLAG Talequah Speaks Out On Battles Ahead

"There's concern that legislature and issues won't be supported and reinforced as they are now," said Rachel Green, president of PFLAG Tahlequah.

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November 15, 2016

PFLAG Korea Launches

As a result, in what is being seen as a growing need to fight this discrimination, support groups like PFLAG Korea are starting to form in the country.

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November 11, 2016

PFLAG Chapters Across the Country Hold TDOR Memorials

PFLAG chapters across the country held Transgender Day of Remembrance memorials throughout the month of November. Here is just some of the media coverage of the widespread events.

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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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November 1, 2016

PFLAGer Nominated for Peace Prize

Gail Clark-Savage, a leader in spurring local welcome parties for the participants in the AIDS bicycle ride through Lompoc every June, has been announced as the first nominee for the seventh annual

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November 1, 2016

LGBT Caregiver Perspectives

Caregiving and advocating for family members or friends is a challenging and sometimes heart-rending labor of love.

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October 31, 2016

PFLAG Boulder Receives Community Grant

PFLAG Boulder County, which provides support, education and advocacy for the families, friends and allies of LGBTQ individuals, has received funding from The Community Foundation. This year, the fo

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October 23, 2016

Virginia Mom Has Change of Heart and Mind, Finds PFLAG

A Virginia mother says her views on LGBT people were transformed when her teenager came out as transgender. Hope Christina Hernandez said she was not raised to accept LGBT people.

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October 22, 2016

PFLAG Quincy helps combat transgender issues

To help combat some of the issues the transgender community is facing, Hannibal Quincy PFLAG started a conversation about compassion and acceptance at the Quincy Public Library.

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October 20, 2016

PFLAG NYC Helps Pass LGBT Bill

“We are pleased that this legislation will provide invaluable data about the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and help PFLAG NYC, as well as city agencies and other indepen

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October 19, 2016

A PFLAGer's Gender Journey Up

In her East Tennessee accent, Kelly Jenkins explains, “I knew I was a girl when I knew I was a girl–-at a very young age--but I didn’t know people disagreed with me.

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October 18, 2016

PFLAG National Joins Britney Spears, Others Going Purple for #SpiritDay

The day is celebrated by schools, celebrities, companies and media outlets by wearing purple to show that they support the LGBT community and are taking a stand against bullying. See Michelle Visag

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September 29, 2016

PFLAG Longview Hosts Vigil For Hope

PFLAG hosted a Vigil for Hope on Thursday at the Gregg County Courthouse. The event was in observance of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

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September 29, 2016

PFLAG National Learning & Inclusion Team Leads Michigan Workplace Summit

More than 100 representatives of employers and organizations from across Michigan gathered at Saginaw Valley State University this week for the second annual Great Lakes Bay Region LGBT Workplace S

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September 28, 2016

Atlanta Pride parade grand marshal PFLAG Atlanta celebrates 30th anniversary

Now known as PFLAG, the grassroots network born that day is still standing strong, with chapters across the country, including here in Atlanta.

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September 28, 2016

Have You Told Your Parents?

Almost a year ago, I emailed my close friends, asking if they would use “she” and “her” when referring to me.

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September 26, 2016

Helping parents of LGBTQ kids get to acceptance

"To help overcome these and other challenges, we train volunteers to meet the individual where they are and, as a critical piece of our philosophy, do not push them to walk too quickly but walk with them in their journey."

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September 26, 2016

PFLAG Tucson Supports Safe Place campaign

Safe Place is a collaborative effort between local non-profits, businesses and law enforcement. It began in Seattle and has resulted in reduced crimes against the LGBTQ community.

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September 25, 2016

A Letter To The Parents Of Transgender Kids

Parental support in any child’s life is key. But what do you do when your parents turn their backs on you, all because you want to be happy?

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September 22, 2016

PFLAG Bellevue celebrating 20th anniversary on Eastside

In 1996, Wendy Wartes and her husband were host parents for an exchange student from Belarus. The young man had come out to his family back home and it did not go well, so he saw coming to this country as an opportunity for a better experience.

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September 21, 2016

Mom’s Children’s Book Inspired by Her Son’s Princess Dress

With more and more families and schools grappling with how to respond to gender diversity among children and with gender issues increasingly in the news, a Berkeley, California mom has reached into

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September 19, 2016

Author's book focuses on her gender nonconforming child

When her son, Harry, was 2 years old, author Julie Tarney said he told her, "Inside my head, I'm a girl." With that statement, Tarney said her journey as the parent of a gender non-conforming child

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September 14, 2016

92 Year Old Mom Has Supported Lesbian Daughters at Pride for 30 Years

Parents are wonderful, especially those who stand by their children who come out as LGBT, an action that not all parents across the world choose to take.

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September 13, 2016

PFLAG Oskaloosa: Stories in Transition

On Tuesday night's PFLAG presentation, at local restaurant On the Green, a few people told their unique stories. Two of the speakers would say they have never identified with the gender they were assigned at birth, and the other two were parents who were able to corroborate that perspective.

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September 7, 2016

PFLAG's Straight For Equality Training Helps MERGE Make Equality Strides

The Michigan Employee Resource Group, or MERGE, has been meeting once a month for the past ten years to discuss topics ranging from how to increase LGBT ERG membership to social and judicial issues that impact the community. The networking organization is made up of LGBT ERGs from major corporations in southeast Michigan.

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September 6, 2016

Dear Abby Recommends PFLAG

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 26-year-old who is about to come out as transgender. I was born a male and will be transitioning into a female.

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August 30, 2016

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Hosts Clothing Drive

“In an effort to connect LGBT+ folks in need with appropriate resources, TransAAction Maryland has organized Image-In, a free clothing exchange/giveaway for all youth and adults, with great fashions, stylists, shoes, accessories, clothing,” says Sue Garner, the chapter’s president.

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August 30, 2016

PFLAG Lady Lake Honors Student For Advocacy Work

Lake-Sumter State College freshman Dana Herron is the first recipient of a scholarship from PFLAG Lady Lake. She is being awarded the scholarship because of her valiant efforts to establish a GSA Club (Gay/Straight Alliance) while she was a student at Carver Middle School.

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August 29, 2016

Talking About Coming Out With PFLAG NYC and Broadway's ‘Fun Home’

“We thought they could learn a lot from professional actors about public speaking skills,” said Drew Tagliabue, the executive director of PFLAG NYC, an organization for family members of gay and transgender people. The group runs the Safe Schools Program, which sends those emissaries into classrooms to talk about coming out.

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August 28, 2016

Orlando shooting remembered by PFLAG Taos at Pride

In the initial wake of the shooting, memorials were held across the country to honor the victims and collectively mourn the loss of the LGBTQ community’s “fallen brothers and sisters,” as Barbara Sheppard, president of PFLAG-Taos and one of the organizers of the march, told The Taos News.

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August 16, 2016

Rainbow stickers welcome LGBT community

Most of those entering Great Pacific in search of a latte or a microbrew didn’t seem to notice the new sticker, but it sent a message to those who glanced its way. The establishment is an early adopter of PFLAG Pendleton’s effort to place the window clings.

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August 8, 2016

PFLAG shows support for local law enforcement

PFLAG Harlingen made about 150 cupcakes to show its support to the local law enforcement community. The event, “Cupcakes and Coffee for Cops” was held Friday at Mexican Cafe on Wilson Road.

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August 6, 2016

Local families start PFLAG chapter

The Anne Arundel County and Annapolis chapter of PFLAG, a national nonprofit organization, celebrated its launch at a picnic at Crofton Park on Sunday. The group starting meeting in May and obtained its nonprofit status this summer.

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August 4, 2016

PFLAG Orlando Participates in Pulse Memorial

“Orlando 49” is an effort by Stonewall, in conjunction with Orange County Regional History Center and The One Orlando Collection Initiative, to collect items from the numerous vigils and remembrance events held in the wake of the mass shooting.

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August 4, 2016

PFLAG Nashville collaborates with TN Health Care Campaign

“The collaboration between Nashville PFLAG and the Tennessee Health Care Campaign,” Davis said, “seeks to inform LGBTQI Tennesseans of their health insurance options but also to find out if their rights are being observed.”

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August 4, 2016

PFLAG Annapolis to hold first major event

Though initial meetings have taken place beginning in May, the chapter was officially titled in June by PFLAG National. It joins other Maryland PFLAG chapters that have been established in Columbia, Westminster, Frederick, Chestertown, Bethesda, Bel Air and Salisbury.

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July 31, 2016

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County An Excellent Resource

"I believe that transgender citizens deserve basic human rights and should not be discriminated against. I also believe that women deserve to be treated with respect, have control over their own bodies, and be free to live without fear of sexual and physical violence. These two issues are not mutually exclusive, and I urge you to lend your support to both..."

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July 31, 2016

PFLAG Central PA Supports Orlando-Focused Pride

Carole Sizemore, a member of PFLAG, an organization of parents and allies of the LGBTQ community, said the festival was an important annual event that provided members of the LGBTQ community a "safe place" to enjoy a day with friends, family and loved ones.

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July 28, 2016

PFLAG Sierra Vista Going Strong

Today, Thomasson has a wife of 35 years. She’s a retired school teacher and retired U.S. Army Reservist. She’s happy and at peace with herself, but having suffered, having been in the closet, Thomasson wants to help others who might now be suffering. To that end, she joined PFLAG.

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July 23, 2016

Shannon Hames, PFLAG Chapter Leader, Connects With Her Community

I have developed quality friendships with people who work every day to make the world a better place for others to live in.

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July 22, 2016

PFLAG chapter awards $500 Start-up Grant to LGBT ally

As the Observation Point fire winds down, one support worker at Darby’s fire camp next to the high school was excited to be the first recipient of PFLAG’s Start-up Grant.

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July 21, 2016

Gay Rights Groups Have Grown Since Marriage Decision

Since same-sex marriage came to Alabama, gay rights groups such as PFLAG and Equality Calhoun have grown exponentially.

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July 20, 2016

Trans PFLAG Leader Continues To Work for Change

"Affirmations asked me if I wanted to start a support group for transgender people and I said yes," she says. "That's when I came out of the closet and began identifying as trans."

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June 2, 2016

Welcome to the New pflag.org

We are so pleased to share our new website! Anyone who visited the former pflag.org can attest to the fact that we were long overdue for a new website.

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June 1, 2016

PFLAG Salisbury-Rowan Awards Scholarships

The Salisbury-Rowan chapter of PFLAG and the Scholarships Advisory Committee awarded seven $1,000 scholarships for 2016-2017 academic year. 

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May 17, 2016

NQAPIA’s API Family Acceptance Campaign

Right on the heels of  Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has just announced the launc

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May 12, 2016

PFLAG National Thanks DOE, DOJ For Guidance On Trans Students

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today hailed the

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May 9, 2016

Broadway's FUN HOME Partners with PFLAG

Producers Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman have announced that Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, has partnered with PFLAG, the nation’s largest organization of famil

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May 4, 2016

PFLAG Greater Boston Honors Gaga's Mama

Cynthia Germanotta is cofounder and president of the Born This Way Foundation, an organization that empowers young people to tell their stories, combats bullying, and encourages acts of compassion.

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