PFLAG National official statement on the Orlando attack

“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."

Did You Know: 56 percent of Americans back court ruling for gay nuptials

"Ahead of an expected decision from the U.S. Supreme Court this month on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, a new poll has found 56 percent of American voters would back a decision overturning state prohibitions on same-sex marriage."

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Policy Matters: Protect Your Kids From Harmful "Conversion Therapy"

From PFLAG National:

Urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act (H.R. 2450)!

Rep. Ted Lieu of California introduced the first federal bill to ban so-called “conversion therapy” on May 20th. The bill, classifying for-profit conversion therapy as fraud under the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) Act without infringing on First Amendment rights or liberties, would ban commercial efforts to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity and prohibit advertising that claims such efforts can be successful. The bill would not be restricted to people age 18 and under, but rather focus on the FTC’s protection against consumer fraud.

Please reach your Representative by clicking HERE and use this message:

As your constituent and as a member of PFLAG, I urge you to cosponsor The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act (H.R. 2450), introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu (Ca-33), which would ban so-called conversion therapy, using the Federal Trade Commission’s definition of consumer fraud. America’s values are PFLAG’s values and that includes ensuring that practice follows science and notes that advertising efforts claiming to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity is fraud. Thank you if you are already a co-sponsor of this bill and please consider signing on if you have not yet.

Note: Remember to specify your name, full address and to include your zip code.