Wednesday, October 28, 2009

PFLAG Joins President Obama for Historic Hate Crimes Bill Signing

Statement by PFLAG National Executive Directory Jody M. Huckaby

Dear PFLAG Family & Friends,

Thanks to you and thousands of other dedicated activists, today marks a historic event for our LGBT loved ones, as President Obama has signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. I was proud to represent you at the White House earlier today to mark the first federal law ever that includes sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories.

This law represents a victory more than ten years in the making, and would never have happened without the commitment, outreach, and support of PFLAG members and friends like you, who are at the heart of all that we do. Along with Judy, Dennis, and Logan Shepard, many other families were on hand at the signing to remember the LGBT loved ones who inspired this law and to stand together against violence motivated by hate.

We know that this expanded hate crimes law is a tremendous step forward, but it is only a single step and there are many more to take. We are not resting on this victory. In fact, PFLAG is already working hard to continue moving equality forward, focusing on upcoming legislative priorities such as passing ENDA and repealing DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

I hope each of you will celebrate today’s victory and then support PFLAG as we move onward, toward the next victory in our commitment to moving equality forward.


Jody M. Huckaby
PFLAG National Executive Director

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