PFLAG–Parents, Families, and Friends of LGBTQ Persons: Advancing Equality and Affirmation

17 Aug 2015 by Jason's Connection

Recently Jason’s Connection’s Founder, Jason Harris, spoke with Toni Weaver, President of the PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois. In this insightful interview, Ms. Weaver discusses the history of PFLAG, how she became involved, and the group’s three-fold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Interview With Toni Weaver

“The battle [for equality] is far from over. A gay person now has the legal right to marry in all 50 states. But in many states that person can still be fired from their job because of who they are. Which is why we have to work so hard to get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed. And it’s an uphill battle.”

PFLAG (Parents, families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) celebrates diversity and envisions a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity, and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG promotes the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten the ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.  PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity to create a society that respects human diversity.

PFLAG COUNCIL OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS is a loose coalition of PFLAG chapters within the greater Chicago land area. It was formed in the late 1990s as a vehicle for unifying PFLAG’s presence and voice in Northern Illinois. Many chapters working together can accomplish far more than chapters acting individually. The Council provides a point of contact for media persons, community organizations that wish to work jointly with PFLAG, corporations that need speakers especially during Pride Month, and individuals seeking PFLAG’s assistance in a variety of areas. One phone call to the Council Helpline provides access to all of the chapters and resources that are available.

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