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Politicians Have Not Been the Leaders of the Gay Rights Movement

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joan E. Dowlin

We were compared to drug addicts and the mentally ill. We were even preached to that God hates us. Is it any wonder we were all in the closet back then?

How I Became a Straight Ally

Mia Norton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mia Norton

I felt underqualified to consider myself a straight ally. I felt like it was presumptions of me to think that the LBGT community could need me as an advocate for the cause.

Children of Same-Sex Parents Share Their Story With the World

Curtis Shaw Child | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Curtis Shaw Child

Whether you've got a mother and a father, are a single parent, have two moms or two dads, are adopted or are a family of mixed race or are a blended family -- love is the guider to truth and Love makes a family.

WATCH: Controversial New Ad Shows Parents Learning Their Unborn Baby Will Be A Lesbian

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Imagine getting an ultrasound for your soon-to-be born child and instead of being told his or her gender, you're told your child's sexuality. In a ...

GIG SPARK: Ellen DeGeneres's Mom Betty Inspires Unconditional LOVE

Toan Lam | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

When Ellen publicly came out, her mom quickly became a visible ally to the LGBT community. Betty has continued to be a strong PFLAG mom for more than 15 years and is the spokeswoman for Care with Pride campaign, an initiative to educate and raise visibility on issues related to bullying.

Open Hearts: LGBT Family Bringing Down Adoption Barriers

Kate Perino | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kate Perino

Martin Gill strongly believes that ECDF will be a solution for many foster kids who lack stability and permanence. Recently, he and his partner hosted a gift give-away for local teens in foster care who are living in group homes--many of whom have little chance of finding adoptive families. Martin said,

Lila Shapiro

'If A Kid Doesn't Have A Family, It's Very Sad:' Lawmakers, Families, Push Gay Adoption Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- Philip McAdoo and his partner Sean Cavenaugh talked about starting a family on their very first date, at a barbecue joint in New York Ci...

Amanda Terkel

LGBT Adoption Bill Set To Be Reintroduced With Bipartisan Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill legalizing adoption and foster parenting by same-sex couples is set to be reintroduced on Tuesday, with supporters hopeful that m...

China's Battle For Gay Marriage Heats Up With Government Letter

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The battle for gay marriage in China is heating up, as scores of parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents have penned an ope...

PFLAG Founder Gets Presidential Honor

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) founder and pioneering ally Jeanne Manford is set to receive a huge honor from President Ba...

In Memory Of Its Founder, Celebrating PFLAG's Evolution From Acceptance To Affirmation And Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The gay civil rights movement accelerated to such a degree that parents and family members no longer seemed as crucial an element in the political process. Yet PFLAG knew, both on a chapter and national level, that there was more they could still do, and more they still needed to do.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow's Beautiful Eulogy For PFLAG Founder

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), died on Tuesday at the age of 92. After a week of tribut...

PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford Dies At 92

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and an all-around pioneering straight ally in the LGBT right...

A Journey of Gifts

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Four years ago this month, my daughter fearfully looked across a table at me and said the words that would forever change my life: "I want to transition to be a boy."

Waving My PFLAG

Aundaray Guess | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aundaray Guess

PFLAG asked me to be a speaker in their Safe Schools program, which brings LGBT people and their parents, families and friends to schools to share their experiences in order to combat prejudice. My experience with the organization has debunked many of my preconceived notions.

30 Days Of LGBT Holiday Giving: Donate To PFLAG

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Send PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford A Message On Her 92nd Birthday

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Today is the 92nd birthday of Jeanne Manford, the founder of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Forty years ago, at a time when the ...

Getting Straight Allies Out Of The Closet

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

Today, Oct. 8, in honor of the upcoming National Coming Out Day, we are launching a new resource: the Straight for Equality Ally Spectrum, where straight allies can find the tools to help them come out as allies.

From Both Sides Now

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

I have been fighting for LGBT equality for nearly three decades and this issue has always come up. What do we do with our allies? What role should they play?

Putting the B in PFLAG

A.J. Walkley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
A.J. Walkley

Last week I was brought into a Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meeting in the state of Arizona to discuss my book, Queer Greer, and share my personal story as a bisexual person.

Meet Jared Harrison, PFLAG Director Of Development, Gay Men's Chorus Member

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 07.31.2012 | DC

For this installment of The Huffington Post's "My D.C." Q&A series, we talked with Jared Harrison, director of development for Parents, Families and F...

Voice To Voice: PFLAG's Rhodes Perry And GLSEN's Shawn Gaylord Discuss Fighting Bullying

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

HuffPost Gay Voices is dedicated to discussing issues surrounding bullying and the fight to end bullying. In the last six weeks we've featured seve...

Lila Shapiro

For 40 Years, PFLAG Has Helped Pave The Way For Acceptance

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Before the president of the United States declared that he personally supported the rights of same-sex couples to marry, there was Jeanne Manford. ...

Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All

Jody Huckaby | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jody Huckaby

For too many of our children, attending school can be a frightening experience. As parents, families, friends, and allies we need to do something to make schools safer for ALL students.

PFLAG Holds Israeli Pinkwashing Event (Updated)

Katherine Franke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katherine Franke

PFLAG, Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a national organization that "promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual a...