Advocacy During our first days at PFLAG, many of us were too busy dealing with our own feelings and family issues to think about the big picture. While many of our misunderstandings regarding homosexuality and gender identity were corrected, we quickly realized that some of our fears were well-founded. LGBTQ persons face discrimination at school, on the job, and in their family lives. They are more likely than their peers to be harassed at school, to be the victims of violent hate crimes, to be turned down for employment, to be fired, and to be asked to leave their religious communities. Over 1000 rights granted to heterosexuals through civil marriage are denied to gay families, including families with children. In many states gay partners cannot make medical decisions for each other, be recognized on their partners’ health insurance policy, or inherit property from one another without a lot of legal paperwork, and sometimes, not even then. Non-biological parents in a gay partnership may have no parental rights if their partners die. Discrimination against LGBTQ persons exists, and makes their lives more difficult. Many of us feel the need to speak out on behalf of our children and friends who are unjustly deprived of fundamental human and civil rights. That’s why advocacy is an important part of PFLAG’s mission. PFLAG Los Angeles’s Speakers Bureau is our main voice in the community. At no charge trained and dedicated PFLAG Los Angeles members visit middle and high schools, college and university classrooms, businesses, community organizations and other groups to describe their experiences, answer questions, and raise awareness regarding diversity issues. If you are interested in joining the Speakers Bureau or scheduling a presentation, you can find more information on the Speakers Bureau page. If you are interested in helping to secure equal civil rights for yourself, your children, and your friends, check out our newsletters and the links below. ﷯ Sign-up to receive our monthly e-mail update!



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