Hello and Happy New Year!!!
Fifty years ago, PFLAG was born from an act of love. In 1972, a humble schoolteacher and mother, Jeanne Manford, walked alongside her gay son, activist Morty Manford, in New York’s Christopher Street Liberation Day March, an early precursor to today’s Pride marches. Her homemade sign famously read Parents of Gays: Unite in support of our children. It was a call to action to family and non-family allies to take a stand in support of LGBTQ+ people to ensure their rights, their safety, and affirmation in their families and communities. The first meeting of PFLAG took place nine months later, on March 11, 1973.
Since then, PFLAG has grown from one modest support meeting in New York City to a thriving network of hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and supporters nationwide, with more than 325,000 members and supporters. PFLAG’s aim, then and now, is to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them. That hasn’t changed.
On March 3, 2023 philanthropic partners, celebrities, PFLAG National leaders, chapter members and supporters will gather to celebrate this legacy at the PFLAG 50th Anniversary Gala. The PFLAG 50th Anniversary Gala will celebrate 50 years of leading with love and will feature celebrity honorees, notables, and advocates; workplace DEI champions; and LGBTQ+ people and families whose lives were changed by PFLAG.
I have been a board member of this wonderful organization since 2015 and I sincerely hope that you will consider joining me for what I am sure will be an amazing evening!
Perhaps your firm would like to show its continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion – and it’s allyship for the LGBTQ+ community by becoming a sponsor? If so, the PFLAG 50th Anniversary Gala will provide your organization with maximum visibility during the event, in the media, and in our communications to our 325,000 members and supporters in the lead-up to the event. Your partnership will demonstrate your support of an organization who shares your vision of an equitable, inclusive world where every LGBTQ+ person is safe, celebrated, empowered, and loved. You and your distinguished guests will see first-hand the positive impacts of continually supporting a workplace environment of inclusion, and I personally would be thrilled to celebrate this milestone celebration with you!
My sincere thanks for your consideration,
P.S. – Please do not hesitate to share this with anyone in your organization that you believe would be interested in supporting the Gala!
#ILoveGay Today meets up with Stephanie Battaglino, an internationally recognized author, speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, and workplace diversity & inclusion consultant. We chat about her years of working as a leader in corporate America, but as a white male in the business world. Once she transitioned, she was able to more clearly see some of the unique differences and challenges women and the LGBTQ+ community have when it comes to rising above the glass ceiling in today’s corporate environment.
As a public speaker and diversity training consultant, Stephanie has left the corporate world and now runs Follow Your Heart, LLC. She has also written a new book, Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America. It is part memoir and part cautionary tale of what it is like to experience a career on both sides of the gender divide – at the intersection of gender identity and gender inequality. Battaglino is also on PFLAG’s national board of directors.
I absolutely love this story, which to be quite candid, connects so well with what PFLAG National/Straight for Equality was founded on – a parent’s love for their LGBTQ+ child. Sometimes the hardest thing a parent can do is let their child lead…read more