The Issues


Diversity is part of being human and requires tolerance, respect and acceptance in our interactions with others. Celebration and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) diversity is the special concern of PFLAG. Many issues are involved in the acceptance of LGBTQ persons, some of which are listed below:


  • Civil rights measures that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and other areas
  • Recognition of LGBTQ partnerships
  • Recognition of and protection for LGBTQ families who may be involved in natural, custodial, adoptive and foster care situations
  • Promote the passage of the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act to include data collection on hate crimes against LGBTQ persons
  • Advocate for enhanced criminal penalties for hate crimes perpetrators
  • Provision for LGBTQ people to serve openly and with dignity in the U.S. Armed Services







  • Advocate for all the above federal issues on the state level
  • Confront hate speech against LGBTQ persons when used by elected or public officials
  • Oppose legislation which targets LGBTQ issues in negative ways, i.e. “Defense of Marriage Act”


  • Advocate for all the above federal and state issues on the city level
  • Promote the inclusion of sexual orientation in the nondiscrimination statement of the city charter
  • Confront hate speech against LGBTQ persons in community dialogue


  • Initiate dialogue with the school board, administrators, counselors and teachers to educate them regarding the issues and difficulties theLGBTQ students may face
  • Expose prejudice in schools that can make them a hostile and dangerous place forLGBTQ youth
  • Advocate for the adoption of policies and procedures to prevent student violence and to ban discrimination againstLGBTQ people throughout the educational system

Religious Communities:

  • Expose hateful speech used to divide faith communities regardingLGBTQ people
  • Increase the visibility of pro-LGBTQ faith organizations in the public eye
  • Promote understanding and respect within LGBTQ communities for the diversity of faith paths

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