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December 25, 2019

OneUp Duo Partners with PFLAG on LGBTQ Holiday Anthem, "Let Me Come Home"

The pair partnered up with PFLAG, the first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their families and allies, to spread the message of “Let Me Come Home” as far and wide as possible.

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February 2, 2021

Pete Buttigieg Confirmed as Sec. of Transportation

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is the highest ranking openly LGBTQ+ person to be confirmed by the Senate

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December 30, 2019

Building Inclusion through Collaboration

The Door County Civility Project, PFLAG and Just Door County are working together to increase inclusion in our county in the belief that  fostering a culture of openness and inclusion is in the bes

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December 18, 2019

PFLAG National executive director helps local chapter celebrate 25th anniversary

"As it was for many LGBTQ+ young people, growing up was extremely difficult for Brian Bond."

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December 6, 2019

Mom of Marvel's First Trans "Superhero Kid" Recommends PFLAG for Support

Jamie also stresses the importance of community. "I think finding support is key for parents. This is a lot. It's not in the parenting book, no one prepares you for this.

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October 31, 2019

Apple Is the First to Introduce a Slew of New Gender-Neutral Emoji + More

Jean-Marie Navetta, a spokesperson for LGBTQ+ family organization PFLAG, told Business Insider that Apple users now have a “whole new way to express themselves that isn’t gendered.”

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October 30, 2019

8 times parents of LGBTQ children inspired the internet

"Family support makes a transformative difference in the lives of people who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer," PFLAG — the largest organization for LGBTQ people, their fami

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October 11, 2019

I think my child may be LGBTQ: 6 things you can do before they come out

"Self-care is crucial, which means that even as you are learning how best to support your child or loved one, you must also find support for you," Liz Owen, director of communications for PFLAG Nat

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October 8, 2019

Event at Cedar Rapids Public Library encourages conversation with LGBT community

The Library worked closely with the Cedar Rapids chapter of PFLAG to make resources available for everyone. 

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August 28, 2019

Making history: teaching of LGBT+ rights gains momentum in United States

“It’s kind of like a snowball, a domino,” said Mark Eckstein from the Washington D.C.

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August 24, 2019

Thousands show support for LGBTQ community at Lubbock Pride, with PFLAG Lubbock

Thousands of Lubbockites flocked to Maxey Park in a show of celebration and support for the city’s LGBTQ community during Lubbock Pride’s annual festival.

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August 19, 2019

Families of gay kids were once seen as the enemy by support groups. That’s changing.

Kathy Godwin, president of the national board of PFLAG, a support and advocacy organization for gay people, their families and allies, agrees.

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August 15, 2019

Lafayette school board passes resolution against LGBTQ bullying

Matthew Humphrey, president of Lafayette’s PFLAG organization, said the passage “felt right” and like a “massive” step toward inclusion for LGBTQ youth.

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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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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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April 1, 2017

Spring Fever: The PFLAG National Straight for Equality Gala

PFLAG National, which supports families, friends and allies of LGBTQ people, held its annual gala at the Marriott Marquis on March 27.

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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 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 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

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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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 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 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

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 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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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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