Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Pflag Canada: Lessons from North of the Border
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Jay McShann A
The workshop provides a case study from your neighbors north of the border. Pflag Canada Director of Communications, Omid Razavi, is pleased to recount how an instance which threatened a progressive sex ed curriculum within the Province of Ontario led to a unique opportunity for chapters and National to band together and create a coalition and campaign. The resulting “Have Your Say” campaign highlighted the strengths, skill sets and passion for a progressive future from all involved and led to nationwide campaigns. The workshop is an opportunity to embrace how we have the power to be the change by working together. Learn how to reach out with an issue that is important to your chapter and how to work with fellow chapters as well as National to spread your message.
Omid Razavi, Pflag Canada
Omid is an LGBTQ+ advocate based in Toronto, Canada. Using his years of marketing and communications experience he currently serves as the Director of Communications for Pflag Canada and is a Founding Board Member of It Gets Better Canada. Omid's current focus involves strengthening the voices of the LGBTQ+ community, and its allies, through education and community outreach. He is also the author of the children's LGBTQ+ book Let Me Out a pop-out about coming out.