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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.”


About PFLAG National

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 nearly 250,000 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), watch us on YouTube (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram (@pflag).

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