October 1, 2014

PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization of parents, families, and allies united with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ)—announced today at its annual membership meeting the election of Jean Hodges of Boulder, Colorado, as its new board president. She succeeds Rabbi David M. Horowitz, the previous national president, who served two, two-year terms.

Hodges is a longtime member of PFLAG, having co-founded the Boulder chapter, and served as its President. She rose through the ranks, serving as a regional director and then as the chairperson of the 13-member Regional Directors Council. In that capacity, she also served as the Vice President of the National Board of Directors.

“Jean Hodges has been an integral member of the PFLAG National Board of Directors for years, boldly leading on a number of issues, especially regarding people who are transgender and gender-expansive, elevating their unique issues and educating families and allies on what roles we all can play to ensure that PFLAG, as the national family and ally organization is a resource for everyone,” said Jody M. Huckaby, PFLAG National’s executive director. “Her background as a PFLAG mom, educator, community organizer, citizen lobbyist for equality, and advocate for inclusion in her faith community make her an ideal leader for this transitional moment in PFLAG’s history.”

"I’m honored and excited to lead PFLAG during this time of rapid social change," said Hodges after accepting the presidency. "We must not be lulled into believing that full equality has arrived. The challenges ahead are exciting: working for legal protections in every state, helping to make faith communities accepting, eliminating employment discrimination for our LGBTQ loved ones, advocating for gender-neutral spaces in schools for trans and gender-variant children, just to name a few. The work of PFLAG is not done, not by a long shot!"

At the same meeting, the membership voted to change the official name of the organization from Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays—for which ‘PFLAG’ was an acronym—to PFLAG, reflecting the organization’s inclusiveness; PFLAG National is the official name of the national organization. Also voted on and passed was an updated mission and vision, both of which clearly define PFLAG’s unique role and value within the movement for LGBTQ equality and affirmation.

The change in name comes at a critical time for PFLAG: membership is up, the number of chapters has grown by 30 in the last year alone, and the support, education, and advocacy that PFLAG chapters are providing reflect the dynamic changes taking place throughout the LGBTQ community.

“This new branding for PFLAG will represent more accurately our unique and inclusive family and ally voice, a voice that has been affecting change now for 42 years,” said Hodges.

The next phase of the re-branding and naming effort will be to work with the organization’s 350+ chapters to develop a new tagline, descriptor, and consistent branding which also better represent PFLAG’s inclusive mission and vision.

 Editors/Reporters: To schedule interviews with Jean Hodges, please contact PFLAG National’s Director of Communications, Liz Owen, by emailing lowen@pflag.org

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Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and allies uniting with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states. To learn more, visit pflag.org.

FACTS
Organization Name: PFLAG
National Organization: PFLAG National
PFLAG’s Vision: PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
PFLAG’s Mission: By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through:

  • Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ
  • Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ
  • Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ
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