It’s been said that to know where you’re going, you’ve got to know where you’ve been – and as we kick off 2011, this is more true than ever.
As a movement of individuals committed to fairness and justice for all, we have so many things to be grateful for in 2010 –from the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law to the creation of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention to focus on the needs of LGBT youth, to the State Department’s elimination of a surgery requirement to obtain the correct gender marker on a passport along with securing hospital visitation rights for LGBT families, we continue to make unprecedented breakthroughs that extend basic rights and protections to all of our LGBT family and friends.
Even with these successes, however, we must acknowledge the difficult obstacles ahead that must be overcome to ensure that our loved ones are treated with dignity and respect.
At the federal level, we continue to work to ensure that everyone has the right to a family, the opportunity to learn free from bullying and harassment, a job in a safe work environment, access to affordable and competent mental and physical health services, and protection from violence, harassment, and exploitation. In order to reach these goals we continue to advocate for the passage of bills like the Every Child Deserves a Family, Safe Schools Improvement, Student Non-Discrimination and Employment Non-Discrimination Acts.
We anticipate that many of these bills will continue to receive growing support thanks to your successful advocacy efforts in sending e-mails, making phone calls, in-person lobby visits in home districts, and constantly engaging your members of Congress on these important matters. This progress could not have been achieved without your committed voices.
And in 2011, as we enter a challenging political climate, we ask you to continue speaking out against discrimination and encouraging your federal, state and local legislators to support bills promoting LGBT equality, and to oppose any legislation that hurts our loved ones. The fight for equality will not be any easier in 2011 – and we need all of your help to challenge the homophobia and transphobia propagated by extremist groups like the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, and Focus on the Family.
As we begin to take on the challenges that lie ahead we will need your ongoing support throughout this journey to help move equality forward for all of our family and friends. In order to remain connected to the latest advocacy efforts, please be sure to sign up here to receive our action alerts, along with visiting our blog to stay abreast of the latest policy matters.
We wish you a Happy New Year and would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to PFLAG!
The PFLAG National Team