FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby today reacted to the unprecedented attack in Orlando, FL:
“As details continue to emerge from Orlando, our collective sadness, anger and grief is overwhelming. Our hearts are with those anxiously awaiting word of the safety of their loved ones, or who are already trying to cope with the unbearable loss of innocent lives. We thank the many first responders who saved, and continue to save lives.
PFLAG knows that the effects of this deliberate shooting spree that targeted an LGBTQ nightclub on Latinx Night will ripple across the country, reviving anxiety and painful emotions for anyone who has experienced hateful actions themselves or against loved ones because of who they are. We concur with President Obama’s message: This unprecedented massacre, this act of terror, this act of hate against people who are LGBTQ, was an attack on the fundamental belief in equality and dignity for all people.
At PFLAG, it tragically reminds us that our work is far from over. As ambassadors of love and hope, PFLAG members will continue to support our extended family of LGBTQ people, families, and allies through these dark, anxious moments and beyond. Let us join in unity to end violence and hatred.”
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org.
Jun 16th, 2016 by pflagjune
May 30th, 2016 by pflagjune
There is an important perspective missing from the local discourse on transgender bathroom access: the voices of transgender people, who are most directly impacted by the issue. Carroll County has heard the opinions of opponents and supporters of transgender bathroom access. Most notably, Carroll County has heard from Superintendent Guthrie and Commissioner Rothschild, who both publicly demonstrated that Carroll County is exactly as unwelcoming as the rest of Maryland thinks we are.
Transgender bathroom access is not an abstract political issue. It is a safety and privacy concern for many actual transgender people in Carroll County such as myself who simply want to enjoy the same freedoms guaranteed to all Americans. Through my work as an educator in CCPS and my advocacy with the Westminster-Carroll County chapter of PFLAG, I have met other transgender people living in Carroll County who are also keenly aware of the so-called “opinions” others have about our identities. Some of the trans people I have met are students of Carroll County Public Schools who express their fears about being transgender in our county’s hostile environment. Transgender people throughout America face the reality that we are highly likely to be the victims of assault, harassment and even murder at the hands of hateful, ignorant people. Carroll County citizens — Mr. Guthrie and Mr. Rothschild included — need to realize that there are living and breathing transgender people in Carroll County, including in our schools, who expect and deserve our privacy and equal protection just as much as anyone else.
All transgender people in Carroll County ask for is to be safe and respected. Every single person has a gender identity — an innate sense of which gender you are, whether it be masculine, feminine or nonbinary. If you don’t genuinely understand the concept of gender identity, please educate yourself and join the rest of Maryland, and the rest of the nation, in moving human rights forward in the 21st century. Better yet, directly contact PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families, and Friends uniting with LGBTQ+ people to move equality forward)! All of us will be happy to help anyone learn more.
At the end of the day, the main point everyone needs to understand is that transgender people in Carroll County want to do the same things in the bathroom that cisgender people want to do: we just want to pee!
May 10th, 2016 by pflagjune
Join us for this open discussion about a topic that is far too often overlooked, even in LGBTQ+ spaces: bisexuality!
Lane and Kay will be leading a presentation with open discussion about bisexuality, including misconceptions, how it relates to other sexual orientations, health issues faced by bisexual people, and more. Lane and Kay will welcome any question that anyone wants to ask, and will be speaking from personal experience as pansexual and bisexual people, as well as from Lane’s professional experience as a sex educator.
Please join us with an open mind, and bring your friends!
Sunday May 15, 2016
at 5:00 p.m
Location: St. Paul’s UCC
• 17 Bond Street
• Westminster, Maryland 21157
Apr 12th, 2016 by pflagjune
Apr 1st, 2016 by pflagjune
Mar 18th, 2016 by pflagjune
AFFIRMING CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS
The Pew Research Center also has good information available on their website.
A Common Bond for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: http://gayxjw.org/
Feb 1st, 2016 by pflagjune
Jan 3rd, 2016 by pflagjune