FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2016
Contact: Liz Owen, Director of Communications, PFLAG National | [email protected] | (202) 657-4026
PFLAG National Statement on Stonewall National Monument
“...To recognize these passionate heroes who fought on the front lines is to recognize how far we have come—and how far we still need to go as a country to ensure safety and equality for all Americans.”
WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby today reacted to the designation of the Stonewall National Monument:
“PFLAG would like to thank President Obama for ensuring the recognition by our government of the history of the LGBTQ movement as part of the history of America. His designation of the Stonewall Inn and the surrounding area as the first national monument commemorating this movement honors hallowed ground, where brave activists like Morty Manford, PFLAG leader and trans activist Erica Kay-Webster, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and hundreds more said enough is enough, and stood up against violence and bias toward the LGBTQ community. In the shadow of Orlando, the 49 LGBTQ and ally LatinX lives taken, the many injured, and the families and friends impacted, to recognize these passionate heroes who fought on the front lines is to recognize how far we have come—and how far we still need to go as a country to ensure safety and equality for all Americans.”
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org.