for EQUAL civil rights . . .
. . . for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and
(GLBT) loved ones is a key component of our PFLAG
must all continue to
educate and advocate
within our local community, outwardly to the rest of our state, and
with our local, state, and federal representatives about the
issues which adversely impact our GLBT loved ones. We must
do so to help create a
society that goes beyond mere tolerance and acceptance to a
nation where the God-given diversity that exists among us all is
recognized, embraced, and celebrated. Unfortunately, there is much work left to be
accomplished in this area. You can most certainly help us
in these efforts -- and you
don't even have to be a PFLAG member to do so!
'Move Equality Forward .
only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to
Edmund Burke -
What has the
present Administration accomplished for
the LGBT community? Here's a
- Repeal of DADT
- Every hospital that accepts medicare &
Medicaid (which is virtually every hospital) must allow gays
and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their
partners medical power of attorney.
- Obama Administration has hired more
OPENLY gay & lesbian staffers than any other president in
history. More then Clinton and Bush combined.
- Denounced DOMA, calling it
unconstitutional and refusing to defend it in court.
- Signed the
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes
Prevention Act, the first federal civil rights law to
protect gays and lesbians.
- Instructed federal agencies to extend
benefits where possible to same-sex partners of civilian
- Ordered the release of data on legally
married gay couples from the
2010 census, conferring legitimacy on same-sex
- Ended a ban on
HIV-positive immigrants and foreign visitors.
- Announced new regulations that recognize
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) families for
federal housing programs and prohibit discrimination in
getting federally insured mortgage loans.
- Appointed more than
100 openly gay people in his administration, including
top personnel official and the head of the
Council for Environmental Quality.
- Awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom to gay icons Harvey Milk
and Billie Jean King.
- Hosted a White House summit on bullying
and recorded a video message to gay youths telling them that
- INVITED LGBT Families to the white house
- Has dinners at the white house for the
- Signs U.N. declaration that calls for the
decriminalization of homosexuality. Which dumbass Bush
refused to sign during his entire joke of a presidency...
How Do I Begin To
Make A Difference --
What Should I Do
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What Should I Do
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Watch for Action Alerts when they are
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CURRENT ACTION ALERTS:
are listed on our
OLDER ACTION ALERTS:
our growing list here --
there's still time to add
Can I Do?
First, we can't emphasize enough how
important it is to vote -- and to
REGISTER TO VOTE.
register here, right now, online
(for AZ residents)
our 'Take Action' sidebar (to
the right) to find out who your
CONNECT. Interested in local
organizations? Check these
Also, here are 10 simple things
PFLAG National) that you can do to
make a difference:
10 Simple Things
Can Do To Make A
PFLAG and join with hundreds of thousands of caring and committed people from all walks of life,
with GLBT loved
ones (plus GLBT
people too!) and
who just want to
civil rights for
together to end
discrimination against GLBT individuals, couples, and families.
If you are a
parent, teach your
children that being gay, lesbian, or bisexual is simply another means of expressing love.
Teach them that
simply an effort
to match up
what they truly
CONFIRM. If one of your
family members is GLBT (or "questioning"), be sure to let them know that you love them
just the way they are. You may think they know -- but do they?
REFRAIN. Don't tell
anti-GLBT jokes. If you do, you'll help perpetuate the stereotypes about
READ. Read our
literature and find out more about what it is really like to be a
individual in our society.
This applies to
as much as to
GLBT people. Be open with
others about having GLBT friends or family members (or being GLBT). Secrecy
CONFRONT. If you overhear
someone making an anti-GLBT comment, let them know (in a pleasant,
friendly manner) that you don't agree or
local, state, or
protest any anti-GLBT
bills or legislation as you become aware of it,
or to support
they hear from
BE HONEST. Encourage
honest discussion of
GLBT issues in your
home, workplace and
TAKE A STAND.
Stand with those
who believe that discrimination against anyone is a crime against humanity --
TAKE A STAND WITH PFLAG!
we will remember
not the words
of our enemies,
but the silence
of our friends."
Martin Luther King Jr. -
that a small group
can change the world;
it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead -
Your federal representatives:
The local &
Speak Out with Your Vote:
Find Your Candidates:
have always faced
from mediocre minds."
Albert Einstein -