It has only been fairly recently that I learned what PFLAG is. I had heard of it before I knew that I had a gay son, but had never really paid a whole lot of attention to it.
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the US. The PFLAG National office is located in Washington, D.C.
You may be wondering why I would hate this organization since they obviously do great things for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Well, the only thing I hate (HATE is a very strong word that I don’t often use) about PFLAG is that it needs to exist in the first place. That just makes me want to cry. Why don’t we have an organization called PFLHP….Parents, Families and Friends of Left Handed People; or why don’t we have an organization called PFNSBB….Parents, Families and Friends of the Not So Born Beautiful; or hey, maybe we should form a group called PFRHC….Parents, Families and Friends of Red Headed Children.
So you see, even with all the good that PFLAG does, my fondest wish is that someday, it will no longer exist, and the reason it will no longer exist is because there will no longer be a need for it.
But right now while it does exist and while there is a tremendous need for it, why don’t you take a few minutes to learn a little bit about it. Below, I have copied PFLAG’s Mission, Vision, and Strategic Goals. Even if you don’t have a Gay person in your family (that you know of), you might still find this very interesting and maybe you can figure out something that you might do to help erase the HATE. Thanks, Friends.
PFLAG VISION, MISSION, AND STRATEGIC GOALS:
Our Vision. We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
Our Mission. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Our Strategic Goals
One. Build the capacity of our organization at every level so that we may have all the resources, in the form of information, people and funding, necessary to move forward in our work with the greatest possible effect.
Two. Create a world in which our young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.
Three. Make our vision and our message accessible to the broadest range of ethnic and cultural communities, ending the isolation of families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members within those communities.
Four. Work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within their chosen communities of faith.
Five. Create a society in which all LGBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.
Six. Create a society in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons may enjoy, in every aspect of their lives, full civil and legal equality and may participate fully in all the rights, privileges and obligations of full citizenship in this country.
We welcome the participation and support of all who share in our Vision and Mission and who hope to realize our goals.