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PFLAG National On Policies of Family Separation

June 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Board of Directors and Regional Directors of PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization uniting families, allies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people—today issued the following statement opposing the administration’s new policy that separates parents from their children at our country’s borders:

“PFLAG knows firsthand the power of family and community, and the crucial need of all children to have loving and supportive parents. To watch families being ripped apart—even as the parents in those families are seeking a better, safer life for themselves and their children in our great country—is devastating and enraging. This requires us to not only speak out, but to take action whenever and wherever possible.

These families deserve our full support to stay together and not to experience the emotional and physical harm that the Trump Administration’s new ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policies are inflicting upon them. There is no such thing as an ‘infestation’ of human beings, and no child—no person—should ever be held in inhumane conditions.    

As the national leaders of PFLAG, gathered from every corner of the country, we are in solidarity with these families, and on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of PFLAG members and supporters we represent, we commit to continued action and advocacy to end this horrible policy and practice.”


Now celebrating its 45th anniversary, PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization uniting families, allies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has nearly 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, 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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