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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August 13, 2019

Talking Inclusively: August 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...

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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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February 28, 2019

Transgender Day of Visibility

The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual day of recognition, celebrated around the world on March 31st, which is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender-expansive people, while simultaneously raising awareness of the...

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Training Toolkit: Our Trans and Non-Binary Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Our Trans and Non-Binary Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters webinar or in-person training. One of our key goals is...

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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.

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November 20, 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018

Each November 20th, PFLAG joins in honoring the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which was inspired by the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. TDOR marks a day when communities around the globe commemorate trans people who died...

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October 21, 2018

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

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

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August 20, 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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April 10, 2018

Talking Inclusively: April 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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January 30, 2018

Something to Talk About: January 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 Learning & Inclusion through the Straight for Equality...

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Keeping Siblings Seen and Supported with Dr. Anderson and Mr. Doherty

Gender diversity impacts everyone in a family.  When a family stands out for any reason, each member is likely to handle this differently.   In the community, siblings of gender...

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November 29, 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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Nuestros Seres Queridos Trans: Una Nueva Traducción al Español

Estamos muy orgullosos de anunciar el primero de nuestras nuevas traducciones actualizadas en Español de todas nuestras publicaciones nacionales de PFLAG. La miembro de la junta Isolda Atayde lidera el...

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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 25, 2017

Gender Basics for Parents with Gender Spectrum and PFLAG

As you work with families in the PFLAG community, you may be encountering new and changing understandings of gender. PFLAG is hearing from more and more parents whose children are transgender, non-binary or otherwise gender-expansive, and our leaders need the...

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May 10, 2017

PFLAG Jackson Hole Hosts Gender Revolution Screening

“The complexity of gender identity is not a new issue, but rather an issue that is now rising to the level of greater visibility for more people,” said Mark House

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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 21, 2017

Trans Student's Journey to Activist...and President of PFLAG Pasadena

Today, Aiden, 28, is pursuing his master’s degree, married, and is an activist in the LGBTQ community as president of the Pasadena chapter of PFLAG, an advocacy group.

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April 21, 2017

Welcome, 20/20 Viewers!

Tonight's episode of 20/20, which included focus on families of transgender kids, helped elevate the conversation going on across the country regarding gender identity and gender expression. For some, it may have answered questions, while for others it may have...

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March 30, 2017

PFLAG National on North Carolina Legislature’s So-Called HB2 Repeal; it’s not a repeal.

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

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February 20, 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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December 19, 2016

PFLAG National Joins Call for Immediate Full Repeal of North Carolina’s HB2

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

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November 2, 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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Films on Gender

While transgender representation has too often tended to range from nonexistent to dismal, this isn’t and hasn’t always been the case. The films below include both narrative and documentaries...

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Transgender Reading List for Young Adults

While there's no road map to the young adult years (much to some people's dismay), that doesn't mean that it's completely uncharted territory. If you are, or think you...

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September 7, 2016

Dear Abby Recommends PFLAG

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 26-year-old who is about to come out as transgender. I was born a male and will be transitioning into a female.

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August 31, 2016

Gender Conference East

Our focus on gender identity and expression is unwavering...and we're thrilled to once again partner on Gender Conference East. Here, a reflection from PFLAG mom--and PFLAG National board member--Catherine Hyde.

There is...

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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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Our Trans Loved Ones: Owning Your Role in Creating More Inclusive PFLAG Chapters

PFLAG is dedicated to providing support to trans and non-binary folks and their families, educating the community about the issues that trans and non-binary people face, and advocating for fully...

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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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June 3, 2016

An Inclusive Pride

Whether you celebrate Pride in June or elsewhere on the calendar, community events are a key place to let people know what you do, the services you provide, your commitment to supporting all people, and how they can connect with...

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May 18, 2016

NQAPIA’s API Family Acceptance Campaign

Right on the heels of  Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has just announced the launc

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Half in Ten Act of 2015

The Half in Ten Act of 2015 establishes a Federal Interagency Working Group on Reducing Poverty in the Department of Health and Human Services and requires it to...

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End Pay Discrimination Through Information Act

This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee in response to a sex discrimination complaint or...

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Copyright and Marriage Equality Act

This bill redefines “widow” and “widower” in federal copyright law to include surviving spouses in all legal marriages valid at time of death for the...

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Voices for Veterans Act

This bill will expand the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include LGBT veterans.

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Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

This bill will change the Basic Center Grant Program to include safe shelter to runaway and homeless youth and provide them with services while there, extending...

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Corporate America is leading the way in creating LGBTQ-friendly and inclusive work environments by adopting inclusive workplace policies protecting LGBTQ employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or...

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The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act

The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act amends sections of Title 38 of the US Code to give all LGBTQ veterans and their families access to their VA benefits regardless of their...

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Freedom of Religion

When the Hobby Lobby decision was announced in 2014, PFLAG National issued the following statement: a clear, fair, and firm message on the organization’s position on freedom of religion. ...

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International Human Rights Defense Act of 2015

This bill will direct the newly created Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ Peoples position under the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor tasked with

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Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2015

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act seeks to prevent abuse and neglect in youth residential programs. This bill would...

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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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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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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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Our Trans Loved Ones

Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families, and Friends of People Who Are Transgender and Gender Expansive. Our Trans Loved Ones is a brand-new, updated resource. Written...

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Transgender Reading List for Children

Parents looking for age-appropriate reading material for younger children who are transgender, gender expansive, or simply have a lot of questions, might think that their options are limited. Happily, that’s...

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Support Hotlines

The hotlines listed below provide services to callers across the country. If you're looking for a local support network, also contact one of PFLAG's more than 400 chapters in the...

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Recommended Reading: Coming Out

The reading list below is an excellent starting point in your coming-out journey ahead, since many of the titles listed cover the process both for those who are navigating a...

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April 21, 2016

Faith FAQ

For many people of faith, coming out or learning a loved one has come out can bring up several questions. PFLAG offers some answers, advice, and considerations for working through these difficult questions.

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December 1, 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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A birthday note from PFLAG mom Joe Elle to her child...

Nine years ago I gave birth to a beautiful, perfect baby girl.

But this story begins even before...

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April 11, 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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May 2, 2016

A Note to Miles From his Mom, Erika

Dear Miles:

I think you already know how proud I am of you, and daddy feels the same way. You're a smart, funny, hard-working, and talented young man.  You're also a...

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