Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PFLAG Stars, Part One: Sam & Julia Thoron

From Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National:

In my tenure at PFLAG, I’ve had the privilege to serve the organization under the leadership of two board presidents. The first of these was Sam Thoron…and anyone who knows Sam also knows that never far away from Sam is his wife, Julia. Together, they have provided years of leadership to PFLAG on both a local and national level, and it is rare to meet a PFLAGer who has come in contact with them who cannot speak of how the Thorons touched their lives.

Next month, Equality California will honor the Thorons with the Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin Marriage Equality Award, recognizing their tremendous contributions to the fight for marriage equality and especially the battle to defeat Proposition 8. For those who have not had the chance to meet the Thorons in person and experience the passion that they have for securing the right to marry for everyone need not look much further than the commercial that they did during the Prop 8 fight in 2007. As PFLAG’s president, Sam always encouraged people to tell their family stories to change hearts and minds, and just listening to some of the voices that he and Julia have influenced proves that they are right.

I feel honored to have worked with Sam and Julia – as do all of the PFLAG members and supporters who have ever had the same privilege, and we are all thrilled to know that they will be recognized for the invaluable work that they continue to do on behalf of families everywhere. If you are in the San Francisco area, you can still get tickets to the EQCA event to hear from the Thorons themselves, so check out their website today.

Congratulations, Sam and Julia – and here’s to many more years of moving (marriage) equality forward!

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