News - July 1996

PFLAG Launches Web Site

PFLAG officially launched its area on the World Wide Web June 7 at http://www.pflag.org.

PFLAG's home page features a rainbow map of the United States that Web browsers can click on to receive complete chapter information for any state in the country as well as information about international affiliates. Other areas on the site include:

* How PFLAG Works, a complete overview of the organization's mission, structure and leadership.

* Join PFLAG, a description of benefits of membership as both a chapter member and an at-large national member. Included in this area is information on how to join PFLAG as a chapter or at-large member.

* Press and Policy, the latest press releases issued by PFLAG; recent press clippings featuring PFLAG members or about PFLAG around the country; letters to the editor and op-eds written by PFLAG members and published in periodicals around the country; information about PFLAG's activities around current issues and events affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their family members and friends; and PFLAG's organizational policy statements.

* PFLAG Spotlight, a monthly-updated highlight of the work and activities of a selected PFLAG chapter in the field, as well as information about timely local and national events like PFLAG's annual conference, PFLAG's Family to Family helpline, and more.

* Project Open Mind, information and the latest updates on PFLAG's most ambitious public education campaign to date, as well as data and statistics on hate crimes and teen suicide, two often tragic results of hate speech targeted at lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans.

* PFLAG Store, information about PFLAG support and education publications, as well as other PFLAG merchandise like pens, notepads, t-shirts and more.

According to PFLAG Information Systems Manager Julie Gedden, the Web site was designed entirely in-house, with the help of some dedicated PFLAG volunteers.

"Our Web site is the product of an excellent working partnership of staff and volunteer resources," said Gedden.

PFLAG Executive Director Sandra Gillis said, "Our Web site is a powerful new communications tool for PFLAG. With the tremendous accessibility of the Web, PFLAG can reach more people than ever with our mission of support, education and advocacy. We can provide information to teens who may not be able to use their parents' phone to make a call. We can be a lifeline to those parents or family members of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people who may have no initial place to turn for truthful information about their loved one and how family members and friends can create new and loving relationships with them.

"With our new Web site we are also able to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of our grassroots network, making the site a valuable resource for PFLAG affiliates and members. Affiliates, members and the public worldwide will be able keep informed about PFLAG's activities throughout the country, and they will have a forum for suggestions and comments on how PFLAG can most effectively serve its membership and the community at large."

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian and bisexual 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 civil rights. PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Serving more than 56,000 members, PFLAG affiliates are located in more than 390 communities across the United States, and in 11 other countries.

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