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Where We Stand

PFLAG National speaks out on issues critical to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. From National Board policy statements to press releases on breaking news, PFLAG works to keep the critical family and ally voice part of the conversation. While we speak out on policy at the federal, state and local level, as a 501c3 organization, we do not advocate for or against particular candidates. We do, however, work to get out the vote, which is an important part of the process.

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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August 13, 2017

PFLAG National On Violence In Charlottesville, VA

“The vile rhetoric may be loud, but our love is louder, and our numbers many times greater…”

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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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June 15, 2017

PFLAG comments on the LGBT Pride Act

“To not include sexual orientation and gender identity in CDC reporting on violent death victims is to erase the high incidence of fatal violence that LGBTQ people experience,” Elizabeth Raymond Ko

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May 3, 2017

'Religious Freedom' Order May Still Be Used to Discriminate

And PFLAG National released a statement reading in part, "In signing this so-called 'religious liberty' order, the president has essentially granted broad permission to discriminate..."

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May 3, 2017

PFLAG National on ACA Repeal, Risk of Harm to LGBTQ and Other Communities

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

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May 3, 2017

PFLAG National Says Executive Order Grants “...Broad Permission to Discriminate”

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

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May 1, 2017

PFLAG National Lauds Congressional Reintroduction of Equality Act

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

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April 30, 2017

PFLAG National Salutes Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

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

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April 6, 2017

PFLAG National Statement on Gorsuch 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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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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Supercharge Your PFLAG Advocacy and Be Heard!

Lobbying is hotter than ever. Elected officials' phone lines are busy, there are lines outside of offices, and emails are flooding in. And while PFLAGers have always been legislative advocates,...

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February 14, 2017

PFLAG Will Hold Trump Administration Accountable — Kids' Lives Depend on It

How do we all move forward, when those who are supposed to lead in keeping our students safe have demonstrated a lack of experience, knowledge, and commitment to doing so?

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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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January 30, 2017

PFLAG National Statement on SCOTUS Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

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

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January 30, 2017

PFLAG National on President Trump and LGBTQ Protections

“He is playing a political distraction shell game, and under each shell is nothing.”

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January 29, 2017

PFLAG National Speaks Out in Unity with Protests

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

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December 20, 2016

PFLAG National Calls HB2 Inaction “...Unconscionable, Unacceptable...”

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

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December 18, 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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December 14, 2016

PFLAG National Lauds Appointments of Catherine Lhamon and Debo Adegbile to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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

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October 9, 2014

About the Q

PFLAG National uses the letter "Q" to denote both "Queer" and "Questioning." We define these separate terms as follows:

Queer: A term used by some people—particularly youth—to describe themselves and/or their community. Reclaimed from its earlier negative use, the term...

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The LGBT Pride Act

This bill was introduced in the House as H.R. 5855 by Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), David Cicilline (RI-1), Mark Takano (CA-41) and Mark Pocan (WI-2) on July 14,...

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Workplace Fairness

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...

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Health

Our LGBTQ loved ones do not have equal access to quality healthcare to address their unique health needs. Often they face financial, personal and cultural barriers to healthcare, caused...

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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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May 30, 2016

Fighting for Fairness in Our States

The backlash to successful movement forward for equality continues to grow, week by week, with state legislatures looking to erase existing protections and enact bills harmful to LGBTQ people.

Yet, no matter what state or community...

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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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National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act

The National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act requires the Attorney General to collect comprehensive data from law enforcement agencies in all cases when...

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American Civil Rights Cities Act

This bill directs the National Park Service to designate one city per year as an “American Civil Rights City” to highlight that city’s commitment to protecting civil rights and...

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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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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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Stop AIDS in Prison Act

This bill directs the Bureau of Prisons to create comprehensive policy to provide testing, treatment, and prevention of HIV to federal prison...

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Restore Honor to Service Members Act

This bill will help service members discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation correct their military record to reflect their honorable service.

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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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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2014

This bill will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to require the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs to review the procedures when it comes to...

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Social Security and Marriage Equality Act

This bill will amend the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance section of Title II of the Social Security Act to make sure that...

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LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2015

This bill will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to designate LGBTQ older adults as a population with "greatest social need," permanently establish...

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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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REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of 2015

The Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (REPEAL) HIV Discrimination Act of 2015 would modernize laws, and eliminate discrimination, with respect to people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Respect for Marriage Act (RMA)

The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) repeals Section 2 of DOMA and provides same-sex couples with certainty that federal benefits and...

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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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The Equality Act

This long-overdue bill is a comprehensive federal bill for LGBTQ+ rights, providing essential, critical protections and resetting the debate. Rather than...

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Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act

This bill redefines “surviving spouse” to include all legally married spouses at the time of a veteran’s death rather than only opposite-sex spouses for the purposes of...

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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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Military Service

In 1950, just two years after President Truman signed an executive order desegregating the United States Armed Forces, the Department of Defense began discriminating against LGB service members. When President...

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Hate Crime Statistics and Prevention

The Transgender Day of Remembrance in November 2015 marked the most violent deaths in the U.S. of transgender women of color ever since counting formally began in 1998, and it...

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April 11, 2016

Statement on North Carolina Governor's Executive Order

GREENSBORO, NC - PFLAG National board member and Greensboro, NC resident, Linda Stroupe, today issued the following statement in response to North Carolina Gov. McCrory’s Executive Order:

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March 29, 2016

PFLAG National Salutes HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act

WASHINGTON, DC - PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby reacted to today’s historic double transplant from an HIV-infected donor to an HIV-infected recipient:

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December 8, 2014

An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom

Today we are sharing an open letter that our parent organization, PFLAG National, signed on to along with 46 other LGBTQ organizations, in regards to the recent outcry in our country. PFLAG was formed by a brave mother who stood up...

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