|PFLAG National President|
Rabbi David M. Horowitz
My experience with the civil rights movement of the 1960s (yes, I am that old), makes me realize that the civil rights legislation that ultimately became the law of the land for racial, ethnic, and religious minorities could not have passed without the support of the white majority. More so, it required a real change in attitude on the part of a number of religious traditions and their support to make it a reality. So too do I realize that the goal of equality, acceptance, and celebration of committed relationships shared in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community cannot become part of the fabric of our society without the supportive voices of straight allies and members of our religious institutions and faith communities.
It has long been clear to me, both as a PFLAG dad and as a clergy person, that I want that to happen and that, for my child and all of our LGBT loved ones, I need that to happen. While some faith traditions and religious movements have adopted positions of inclusion, too many others still hold to doctrines that—at best—marginalize and—at worst—demonize our families. PFLAG, because of its unique family and ally voice, united with the voices of LGBT people, is in a unique position to make that happen.
Therefore, it is with much happiness that I share the news of PFLAG’s newest publication aimed at helping make those changes. be not afraid – help is on the way: straight for equality in faith communities will enable our members and supporters to change the hearts and minds of their co-religionists one at a time, and thus change the world. I have seen it work with my own eyes. I have watched as the Straight for EqualityTM approach brought changes to one church, and it is time for us to replicate that success throughout the country, and perhaps the world.
I invite you to embrace be not afraid…, the web-based resources, and the online training that are now available, and to become part of the voice that will make a change in our faith traditions.
It is already beginning to happen; we can and we will make a difference.