May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today hailed the guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice, in support of inclusive school policies that protect transgender students.

“PFLAG families everywhere thank the Obama Administration’s Departments of Education and Justice for this unequivocal statement of support of our LGBTQ children, said Jean Hodges, PFLAG National board president. “As a retired schoolteacher, I know that it is absolutely possible to have policies in place that protect the safety all students, including trans students; my own district in Boulder, Colorado is being held up as a model of success on this front. We understand that for many adults there is a learning curve on these issues, and PFLAG can help with that education. But we must shift our fear in favor of what is fair and just. I am thrilled and gratified that the administration is aware of the issues and is standing up for what is right for all students so that all may attend school in a safe and discrimination-free environment.”

Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All is PFLAG National’s popular safe schools program. To learn more, visit pflag.org/safeschools.

PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org.

Liz Owen, Director of Communications
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