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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Training Toolkit: Creating a Scholarship Program

Thanks for participating in PFLAG National’s Creating a Scholarship Program A How-To Guide for PFLAG Chapters.  One of our key goals is to help you take the information that you learned in this...

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June 25, 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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Possibility Models: Mentoring for LGBTQ Youth

PFLAG National is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) LGBTQ National Advisory Council, which was launched in 2017 to support capacity building efforts for the LGBTQ youth...
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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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January 14, 2019

PFLAG Featured in Dear Abby

"PFLAG is an organization whose mission is to help LGBTQ people and their families build bridges of understanding."

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December 18, 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 14, 2018

Talking Inclusively: December 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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June 26, 2018

PFLAG Has Been A Lifesaving Resource For Families Of LGBTQ Kids For Decades

“PFLAG was the scaffolding to hold me up and my family together while we went on an amazing journey to understand, accept and eventually celebrate our trans child,”

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November 27, 2018

Something to Talk About: November 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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June 29, 2018

Meet the 2018 Summer Interns

This summer, we have three college students joining our team as interns. Hailing from Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina to spend their summer with PFLAG National, we could not be more excited to have their unique identities, experiences, and viewpoints in...

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February 27, 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 12, 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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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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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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October 26, 2017

Disney's ANDI MACK: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Self-Acceptance

ANDI MACK, an immensely popular show on the Disney Channel, has its season two premiere this Friday night (8pm ET/PT)...and is a ground-breaking episode: One of the lead characters begins a coming-out process that will continue throughout the season. 

If...

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October 11, 2017

Coming Out Day 2017: Creating the Safety and Extended Family Support System We Need

It’s National Coming Out Day, and PFLAG is thrilled to celebrate our own coming out day--nearly 45 years ago--alongside all of the amazing LGBTQ people in queer history, in our networks, and across the nation, who have had the strength...

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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 19, 2017

Happy #BiWeek... What Will YOU Do?

I was really fortunate to come into national LGBTQ work as the Bi movement was exploding. 

Some of my first friendships in my now 30-year life in DC were with intrepid Bi activists. I watched Bi leaders fight for inclusion...

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September 14, 2017

What We Know Now: Updating Best Practices for Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations

WIth thanks to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we are sharing this blog from Dr. Ann Haas. Be sure to download your copy of the newly updated Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations today.

Seth Walsh,...

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September 8, 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 28, 2017

Something to Talk About: August 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...

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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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August 21, 2017

A Note to My Kid: #ParentsComingOut

Family support makes a transformative difference in the lives of people who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. And when parents and families share their stories--coming out in support of their LGBTQ children and loved ones--they not...

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July 28, 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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July 23, 2017

PFLAG's Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Partnerships speaks to The Daily Beast

Diego Sanchez, director of advocacy, policy and partnerships for PFLAG, a family and ally organization for LGBT individuals, echoed McKay’s sentiments to The Daily Beast that greater visibility is

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June 29, 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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June 21, 2017

Parents: Quick Tips for Supporting Your LGBTQ Kids--and YOURSELF--During the Coming-Out Process

When a loved one comes out, reactions vary, from “Now that I know, what can I do to support my child?” to “How will I ever handle this?” For some people, it’s a combination of these two reactions…and more. There...

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May 22, 2017

PFLAG Pendleton Awards Diversity Scholarship

Pendleton High School senior Raeana Mikel is the 2017 recipient of a $1,000 Roberta Frazier Anderson Diversity Scholarship, presented by PFLAG Pendleton.

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May 31, 2017

Health Disparities and Risk Behaviors among Gender-Expansive Students

We hope you had the opportunity to join us for this month’s PFLAG Academy Online session, Health Disparities and Risk Behaviors among Gender-Expansive Students, presented by Allison Gill. For those who missed it, not to worry: the on-demand recording...

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May 25, 2017

Family Equality Council and PFLAG National Welcome Bipartisan Introduction of Every Child Deserves a Family Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Equality Council and PFLAG National, Co-Chairs of the National Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition, welcome the reintroduction of the Every Child Dese

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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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March 5, 2017

Trans teen lobbies Ozark school for access

"I was worried about him being picked on," said Meghan Howard, who turned to the education and advocacy group PFLAG for guidance. "He was angry and closed off.

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March 6, 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 23, 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 24, 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 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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February 7, 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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April 11, 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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January 17, 2017

Welcome, REAL O'NEALS Fans!

Pat and Kenny O'Neal get their PFLAG parent hug on.Welcome to fans of The Real O'Neals! We're so glad you're watching the show, and so glad you found us here at PFLAG.
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Our Children

An update to the perennial favorite PFLAG publication, OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS, OUR CHILDREN offers a fresh eye for families and others about what to do when a loved ones comes out.

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Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for ALL Children

LGBT youth continue to face bullying and harassment in schools despite modest improvements in anti-bullying legislation, access to supportive teachers and administrators, and the spread of LGBT-inclusive curricula.

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July 15, 2016

LDS Church and Suicide Prevention

This past November, LDS church leaders declared those in same-sex marriages apostates. The resolution prevents children of such couples from becoming church members or partaking in baptism until after the...

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July 13, 2016

Thank You, Jazz Jennings, For Changing America

Originally published online at The Advocate.

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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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Be Yourself

A 2019 update to one of PFLAG National's most popular publications! This publication offers a supportive and understanding approach to today's most common questions and concerns from youth regarding sexual...

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All Students Count Act of 2015

The All Students Count Act of 2015 amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require information on annual state report cards on student proficiency divided into the...

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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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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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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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Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All

Big news! This is a BIG 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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Camps for Youth

What do you get when you combine s’mores, archery, arts, wilderness skills, and bug juice with a safe space for LGBTQ youth and families? The camps below all fit the...

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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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May 16, 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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October 1, 2015

Curriculum Victory in Montgomery County, Maryland: A Case Study and Handbook for Action.

Exciting safe schools work coming from PFLAG Metro DC and a coalition of partners, and we're happy to share their work with you, courtesy of the following from handbook author David Fishback:

With the school year beginning, I am reminded...

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A Letter to Jacob From His Mom, Mimi

This is an extraordinary and powerful letter, that we are so grateful to its author to be able share with you today. It was originally posted here, at medium.com.

Thank you, Mimi, for sharing your story--and your letter to...

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January 8, 2014

PFLAG Metro DC Youth Group Going On 5 Years

In 2008, friends and advocates Carol Lewis and Nancy Brown recognized a problem. Nancy, then-facilitator of the Fairfax support group of PFLAG Metro DC, had noted that many high schools offered space and time to LGBTQ youth by way...

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A Letter to the World from Debi about Her Trans Kid

We received, via Facebook, a note in the form of a video link, asking us to take a watch and a listen as a woman took on the myths about transgender kids.

We watched and, well needless to say, we...

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March 1, 2015

PFLAG Maryland Chapters: Partnering on a New Online Resource for Maryland's Trans* Youth

Catherine Hyde, a longtime PFLAG member, PFLAG Howard County trans coordinator, and PFLAG National Board Member, is helping Maryland chapters partner with FreeState Legal to create trans*youth@md, a new website meant to offer answers to legal...

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