PFLAG Votes "Yes" To Trans-Inclusion

At their annual meeting in San Francisco on September 12, members of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) voted overwhelmingly to include transgendered people in the group's mission statement. The By-laws now read: The purpose of this Corporation shall be: To promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons....

PFLAG, based in Washington, D.C., has more than 420 chapters in all 50 states. A group within the organization, The Transgender Special Outreach Network, was directly responsible for the trans-inclusion statement. Network members met several years ago at a PFLAG conference. The Network has published and distributed over 12,000 copies of its popular booklet, Our Trans Children, and runs a telephone help line.

Network Chair Mary Boenke said the group looks forward to helping PFLAG members work toward providing the same kind of critical support on behalf of trans-people that they have always provided for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. "We're pleased and excited. We've been working for this trans-inclusion resolution for 3 years. It's a benchmark of a long process that has just begun. We passed the law; now the work of education begins."

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