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Won’t Be Erased: PFLAG National Statement on Transgender Erasure by the Administration

November 8, 2018

Today, PFLAG National released the following statement from board member Stephanie Battaglino:

“This callous, outrageous, hateful and inhuman action both enrages and frightens me to my core.  The mere notion that a government, any government, expresses desire to enact rules that erase and endanger an entire group of individuals is to disregard the very values that PFLAG was founded on: Love, Respect, Compassion.  The fact is that transgender people are a proud part of our families, communities, and society at large.  To push them aside without dignity or fair recognition  is infuriating, troubling, and dangerous for us all as co-workers, fellow family members, and neighbors.  

I am proud that the people of PFLAG who are non-LGBTQ support us fully, and know I stand in solidarity with my trans and genderfluid siblings when I say:

You cannot eradicate me! I am here! I am undeterred! My true self is a living, breathing, loving, human being. These things you cannot and will not take away from me, for they are embedded in my soul and in my spirit! And with PFLAG and others, I know I’m not alone.”


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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