January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—responded today to the announcement of the creation of a new division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): The so-called “Conscience and Religious Freedom” division (CRF) which would allow medical professionals to opt out of providing services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.

PFLAG National Executive Director, Dr. Jaime M. Grant, responded, “This president needs to return to his doctor and have his head examined AGAIN if he thinks the LGBTQ community is going back to the day when anyone, anywhere can turn their backs on our medical needs and our right to compassionate, LGBTQ-affirming health and reproductive care. Our community will continue to stand strong, working alongside our families and allies to stand up for fairness and justice—and for our very lives.”


PFLAG—now in its 45th anniversary year—is the nation’s first and largest organization uniting families, allies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has nearly 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America. To learn more, visit pflag.org, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram.

Liz Owen, Director of Communications
(202) 657-4016