Friday, August 7, 2009

New From PFLAG: Bringing the Message Home

As you know, no voice is more powerful, or more persuasive, than that of a PFLAG member. As the parents, families, friends and allies of America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens, we know first-hand the impact that discriminatory laws have on our loved ones. Our stories of the pain prejudice inflicts upon our families are enormously important in moving fair legislation forward, and in opposing anti-LGBT bills and resolutions in Congress.

For the past seven years, you all have continued to meet with countless lawmakers and their staff through our Bringing the Message Home campaign. Similar to past years, we have revised our 2009 guide to share with you all the most recent federal legislation introduced in the 111th Congress. The guide aims to empower and encourage you to begin or continue meeting with your representative and senators about important issues impacting our LGBT loved ones. It features issue briefs, talking points, information to help you set up a lobby visit, and techniques for gaining the support of your congress members.

It is imperative that as a PFLAG family we let lawmakers and the President know where we stand on important legislation and administrative priorities.

Remember, it is up to each member of the PFLAG family to Bring the Message Home that discrimination, prejudice and second-class citizenship must end. To that end please take action today by downloading your copy of Bringing the Message Home and by scheduling a lobby visit! After the visit, please be sure to fill out the lobby report form found on page 8 of the new guide - the information you provide in these reports helps advance our lobbying efforts both in your hometown as well as in Washington.

Download your copy by clicking here or going to http://community.pflag.org/Document.Doc?id=259.

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