In June 2020, PFLAG National signed onto a letter of unity, committing to embracing anti-racism work and ending white supremacy. We signed this statement because for PFLAG National, this is not performative activism. PFLAG National has so much more work to do, but we are proud of the work that we’ve been engaged in to transform who we are and how we carry out our mission.

Just a few ways this has happened include:

  • In 2014, the formal establishment of the Board Diversity and Inclusion Committee to drive board-level change around racial and ethnic inclusion (learn more in this issue of the PFLAGPole);

  • In 2016, the passage of a Board-level Unity and Inclusion policy to center our ongoing efforts; 

  • Continued intentional focus on racial and ethnic diversity on our National Board and National Staff. The PFLAG National staff is currently 53% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and the PFLAG National Board is currently 35% BIPOC.

  • Addressing racial inequities by investing with Industrial Bank, the only African American owned and operated financial institution in Washington, DC;

  • Making a commitment to supporting minority-owned, union businesses for our procurements—recent examples include vendors for catering, printing, translating, and ASL services for PFLAG events;

  • Expanding our programmatic offerings to ensure that the PFLAG Chapter Network is integrating inclusion work, including 

    • Numerous PFLAG Academy Online sessions focused on diversity and inclusion for chapters and working with families of color; 

    • Translations of all PFLAG National publications to Spanish (and more to come); and 

    • Expanding our PFLAG National Convention offerings to include nearly 50% of sessions focused on racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion;

  • Creating intentional partnerships with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led and centered organizations, including the NAACP, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), Freedom Center for Social Justice, Hispanic Federation, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), UnidosUS, Waves Ahead, Muslim Advocates, The Anti-Defamation League, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR); and

  • The launch of our PFLAG Inclusion Grants program to offer financial and staff support to chapters creating community-based engagement programs to make our chapter network more inclusive for all families and to support local BIPOC-led LGBTQ+ events.

We intend to keep this list up-to-date, and add to it as our work continues and grows.