When Someone Comes Out: A PFLAGers Guide to Demonstrating Support and Acceptance

The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that the word—and the actions it entails—are simple. However PFLAGers know that it can still be a harrowing...

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Creating a Scholarship Program: A How-To Guide for PFLAG Chapters

Scholarship programs are a great way to attract donors, create visibility for your chapter, and demonstrate your support for LGBTQ+ youth in your community. And over the years, countless PFLAG...

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July 18, 2019

Something to Talk About: July 2019

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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Training Toolkit: Creating Thriving Chapters

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Creating Thriving Chapters: How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Members.  One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned...

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June 24, 2019

Talking Inclusively: June 2019

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can...

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Training Toolkit: Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth with Hillary Bardwell and Christian Rummell.  One of our key goals is to help you take the information that...

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Fair Housing For All: Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community

There are an estimated four million incidents of housing discrimination in rental and sales each year. The majority of those incidents are not reported and an even smaller number result...

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Training Toolkit: Fair Housing For All: Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Fair Housing For All: Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community with Shivaughn Ferguson, Sherrill Frost-Brown, and Joe Wardenski. One of our key goals is to help...

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April 16, 2019

Talking Inclusively: April 2019

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can...

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February 25, 2019

Talking Inclusively: February 2019

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few...

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February 19, 2019

Santa Clarita Valley PFLAG Gives Back

Santa Clarita Valley chapter of PFLAG create and assemble 800 educational packets for local schools.

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Training Toolkit: When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support and Acceptance

Thank you for joining PFLAG National's learning session! On this page, you'll find additional resources to expand your learning -- and hopefully help answer any questions that you may have.

PFLAG...

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January 27, 2019

Something to Talk About: January 2019

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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January 27, 2019

Call for Workshop Proposals Extended!

Workshop proposals for We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention in Kansas City, MO in October 2019 are now being accepted! PFLAG chapter leaders, members, supporters and equality advocates from across the country will join together at the Kansas City Marriott...

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Writing Insanely Smart, Thoroughly Effective, and Surprisingly Creative Workshops

When education is a core piece of your mission, being ready to offer learning opportunities and trainings in your community is a core skill for chapters. But developing training programs...

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January 9, 2019

PFLAG National Learning and Inclusion Director discusses 'The Lavender Scare'

"Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG National participates in panel discussion for 'The Lavender Scare'"

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January 13, 2019

You ARE the Change…And We Want to Hear From You!

Hopefully you’ve saved the date for We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention. We’d be honored to have you join us at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown...

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December 17, 2018

LGBTQ Organizations Condemn Federal Commission on School Safety Recommendation to Rescind School Disciplinary Guidance

U.S. Department of Education continues to fail students of color and LGBTQ students

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December 10, 2018

Vogue Theater joins with PFLAG Manistee to bring a film to life

The Vogue Theater has partnered with PFLAG Manistee for the viewing of “Boy Erased”

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Stopping the Blitz: Coordinated Response to Christian Nationalist State Campaigns

Project Blitz is a concerted campaign designed to shape state law using a distorted concept of religious freedom to push back on LGBTQ equality as well as gender and reproductive justice issues....

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October 21, 2018

Talking Inclusively: October 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you...

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September 25, 2018

Something to Talk About: September 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about...

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August 19, 2018

Something to Talk About: August 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation...

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When LGBTQ Past and Present Collide! How LGBTQ History Can Illuminate Today’s Challenges

As PFLAG chapters prepare for Pride Month and PFLAG National continues to celebrate its 45th Anniversary how will you make history? Understanding key facts about LGBTQ history and how it shapes...

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April 24, 2018

Something to Talk About: April 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about...

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March 26, 2018

Something to Talk About: March 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about...

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So You Think You Can Ally? Advanced Ally Engagement Skills for PFLAG Chapters

PFLAG chapters support families, educate their community about the issues their loved ones face, and advocate for LGBTQ equality. Allies have become an integral part of that work as chapters...

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February 26, 2018

Something to Talk About: February 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about...

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February 13, 2018

Talking Inclusively: February 2018

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you...

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February 11, 2018

PFLAG National Speaks Out Against “Abhorrent” Act by Department of Education Against Transgender Students

WASHINGTON, D.C.—PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization uniting families and allies with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people —responded today to the ann

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December 11, 2017

PFLAG National Board Member Susan Thronson "Won't Be Denied"

"Family acceptance for LGBTQ youth who face homelessness and attempt suicide at tragic and unacceptable levels.

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November 28, 2017

Something to Talk About: November 2017

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about...

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November 14, 2017

Talking Inclusively: November 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest...

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Gender Basics for Parents with Joel Baum

Discussions of gender are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, these discussions can leave us more confused than ever. Whether for your own information, or to help you support parents of...

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September 7, 2017

PFLAG National on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Planned Revision of Title IX Guidance on Sexual Assault on Campuses

“...will leave universities with less clarity, and make LGBTQ students, students of color, students with disabilities, all students, more vulnerable.”

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August 9, 2017

Oakland A's Outfielder Learns From--and Donates to--PFLAG

Oakland A's outfielder Matt Joyce was suspended by Major League Baseball for two games after calling an Angels fan an anti-LGBT slur in a heated exchange during a game in Anaheim.

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August 9, 2017

PFLAG Offers a Hopeful Glimmer

I do believe we will retain much of the progress we have made toward LGBT inclusion and understanding in schools.

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Training Toolkit: Working with School Personnel for Safer Schools

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Cultivating Respect: Working with School Personnel for Safer Schools webinar. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned...

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July 27, 2017

Something to Talk About: July 2017

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about...

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June 28, 2017

PFLAG Salisbury-Rowan Awards Scholarships

 The Salisbury-Rowan chapter of PFLAG and the Scholarships Advisory Committee have awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to local students.

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July 9, 2017

Talking Inclusively: July 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest...

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October 24, 2014

PFLAG: Evolution of a Name

In 2014, PFLAG members across the country voted to lose "Parent, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays" as the official name of the organization in favor of just, simply, PFLAG. No acronym, but a name for an organization with...

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Health Risk Behaviors among Gender Expansive Students with Alison Gill

In addition to transgender youth, gender expansive (also called gender nonconforming or nonbinary) youth are receiving a great deal of attention in the media and among educators and policymakers. However,...

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April 24, 2017

Something to Talk About: April 2017

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ and ally issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program...

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April 9, 2017

Talking Inclusively: April 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest...

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Training Toolkit: Powerful Partnerships...Making Diversity & Inclusion Successful in PFLAG Chapters

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Powerful Partnerships...Making Diversity & Inclusion Successful in PFLAG Chapters. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned...

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March 12, 2017

Talking Inclusively: March 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse...

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March 5, 2017

PFLAG Statement on SCOTUS and Gavin Grimm Case

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—issued the follow

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February 22, 2017

Reactions: Trump Administration Rescinds Title IX Protections For Trans Students

“Tomorrow we will fight even harder for the protections that Title IX still affords all transgender youth across the country.”

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February 23, 2017

GLSEN and PFLAG National relaunch #ClaimYourRights campaign in support of transgender students

Today, GLSEN and PFLAG join together to re-launch our #ClaimYourRights Campaign, to help anyone affected by or witnessing anti-transgender discrimination in our schools file a complaint with the Of

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Claim Your Rights Posters

PFLAG National and GLSEN have relaunched our #ClaimYourRights Campaign to help anyone affected by or witnessing anti-trans discrimination in schools file a complaint with the Office for Civil...

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February 19, 2017

Urgent: Rescission of Title IX Guidance for Transgender Students

We need to share some disturbing news: There is a real possibility that the life-saving Title IX nondiscrimination guidance to protect transgender students might be rescinded.

We have neither commented on nor responded to rumors in the past month, but...

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February 6, 2017

PFLAG National Statement on Betsy DeVos Confirmation

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—issued the follow

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February 5, 2017

Talking Inclusively: February 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series from PFLAG National's Straight for Equality program, designed to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few...

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April 10, 2014

Advocacy Groups to Distribute Nearly 50,000 Flyers Countering Anti-LGBT Propaganda

Beginning this morning, PFLAG, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Equality Maryland Foundation will distribute nearly 50,000 flyers in all 25 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high schools. The flyer addresses issues raised by dangerous anti-LGBTQ materials previously...

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May 12, 2016

PFLAG National Thanks DOE, DOJ For Guidance On Trans Students

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today hailed the

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November 1, 2016

PFLAG Provides Support for Families with Trans Kids

Though many children go through periods of being “gender-expansive”—for example, a preschool boy who prefers princess outfits—parents should pay attention if kids consistently, persistently and ins

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Don't Know Much About LGBTQ History?: The Ultimate LGBTQ History and Culture Extravaganza

LGBTQ history and culture tells the story of a vibrant, diverse, and determined community that has overcome massive barriers and deeply influenced mainstream culture. PFLAG is an important part of...

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Training Toolkit: LGBTQ History

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s webinar on LGBTQ History. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and use...

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Training Toolkit: Moderate Moderating, Social Media Engagement the PFLAG Way

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Moderate Moderating: Social Media Engagement the PFLAG Way webinar. One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this session and...

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NCLR Transgender Youth Project

National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCLR has launched the Transgender Youth Project to make it easier for transgender youth to live authentically—and with respect—in all aspects of their lives. Building on more than 20 years of advocacy on behalf of the transgender community, the project takes on precedent-setting cases to expand legal protections for youth, advocates for inclusive, affirming, and welcoming policies at all levels of government, and furthers equality through public education.

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Safe Schools

Through training programs and practical guidance built on years of experience, we give our members the skills necessary to advocate for federal bills like the Student Non-Discrimination Act and...

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Claim Your Rights

If you have experienced bullying, harassment, or discrimination in school because of sexual orientation or gender identity, you’re not alone. According to GLSEN, approximately 85% of high school students report...

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Top Ten Ways to Make Schools Safe

For too many of our children, attending school can be a frightening experience. And for parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators, providing a safe environment for young people can seem like a daunting task, especially when dealing with the issue of how to make not only classrooms, but all school facilities, more welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

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Cultivating Respect: Working with Stakeholders for Safer Schools

With the new school year in full-swing, is your chapter having a tough time getting your foot in the door at schools in your community? This session examines the many different ways...

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Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015

This bill prohibits public school students from being excluded from participating in or being discriminated against in federally-assisted educational program on the basis of...

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Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF)

ECDF would prohibit any child welfare service provider receiving federal assistance and involved in adoption or foster care placements from...

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Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA)

SNDA would establish a comprehensive Federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. SNDA would provide...

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The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA)

SSIA would amend the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act—part of the No Child Left Behind Act—and instruct school districts to...

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Health Resources

For the first time, Healthy People 2020--the key science-based, 10-year national list of objectives for improving the health of all Americans--includes LGBTQ health. This historically documents and addresses...

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Straight for Equality in Healthcare Publication

This guide helps healthcare professionals understand how they too can help move equality forward. By being more inclusive in their language and learning more about the unique challenges that LGBT...

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Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All

Big news! This is a 2019 update to our safe schools publication, Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All. We are grateful to Subaru for their generous support in making this...

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November 30, 2015

Meet Another 2015 PFLAG National Scholar!

In our most recent edition of the PFLAGPole (Winter 2016), we were excited to highlight some of the LGBTQ and ally youth who received scholarships from PFLAG National and our funding partners, including Dow (GLAD)...

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May 15, 2016

PFLAG San Diego Launches It's Scholarship Season

PFLAG San Diego has just launched its scholarship program for 2016, and to celebrate the season did so with two benefit concerts which served as fundraisers in support of the students. Now in its 17th year, PFLAG SDC has awarded...

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December 31, 2015

Engaging Educator Allies to Create Safer Schools

Back-to-school time means new backpacks and notebooks, making new friends, and learning lots of new things. But for many LGBTQ students, back-to-school time can be a stressful experience as they try to navigate their identities while figuring out everyday...

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April 10, 2019

Two East-Coast Gender Conferences Began With One PFLAG Family’s Dream

In 2008, we were reeling from learning that our 15 year old “son” identified as a trans girl. I was desperate for support for my child, myself, and my family. We felt alone and frightened and had not yet found...

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If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

This beautiful letter (of sorts) has been reprinted with permission of the author, John Pavlovitz, who originally shared it on his own blog, johnpavlovitz.com.

Thank you, John...

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