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PFLAG National Mourns the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

July 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—Tonight, PFLAGers everywhere mourn the death of Congressman John Lewis (GA-5). Rep. Lewis was an icon of the civil rights movement, who served Georgia’s 5th District since 1986, and was often referred to as the “conscience” of the United States Congress, Rep. Lewis was one of the “Big Six” group leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington, taking a lead role in fighting for the end of segregation. 

Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, said: 

“Our hearts are broken tonight, learning of the passing of Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Lewis challenged us all to get into ‘good trouble’—to use our voices, our privilege, and our courage to change the world. And he didn’t just challenge us: He embodied the model for how to do it, with a fierce but compassionate power. His strength was in his persistence and constant need to fight for those around him, fundamentally knowing that no one will be free until we all are free.

There is a reason PFLAG National honored Congressman Lewis as the first recipient of our Champion of Justice award because truly, justice had no greater champion. His voice is needed now more than ever—and his loss will be felt profoundly by his PFLAG family. But we will honor Congressman Lewis’ memory and legacy by continuing to use good trouble as a path to justice and equality for all. 

Rest in power, Congressman Lewis, on behalf of PFLAG families across the country, who are forever indebted to you.”



PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. To learn more, visit pflag.org, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram






PFLAG is an organization of LGBTQ+ people, parents, families, and allies who work together to create an equitable and inclusive world. We are hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of chapters from coast to coast who are leading with love to support families, educate allies, and advocate for just, equitable, and inclusive legislation and policies. Since our founding in 1973, PFLAG works every day to ensure LGBTQ+ people everywhere are safe, celebrated, empowered and loved. Learn more, find support, donate, and take action at PFLAG.org.

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