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Pride at Work is proud to host our 3rd LGBT Labor Leadership Training! We hope you will join us:

Pride at Work is proud to host our 3rd LGBT Labor Leadership Training! We hope you will join us:

LGBT Labor Leadership Training
April 17-18, 2015
Washington, DC — AFL-CIO Building

We are thrilled to be launching our newly revised training program at this event and we want as many of you as possible to join us and provide feedback on the new materials. Sign up today and reserve your spot!


LGBTQ 101— Getting comfortable with appropriate terminology
LGBTQ and Labor — A Shared History
Key Issue Panels
Economic Justice: The Union Difference for LGBT Workers
Best Practices for LGBT-Inclusive Unions
Transgender-Inclusive Health Care
Discussion: Racial Justice & Immigration in the LGBT Community
Bargaining LGBT-Inclusive Union Contracts


A follow up email will be sent once your registration has been submitted. Please follow instructions and send it back ASAP

Please note: you must be Pride at Work members to attend. If you are not already a P@W member, you can become one through this registration page. LGBT and Union allies are welcome to become members and attend.

We hope to see you there!

PFLAG National

The PFLAG Voice
February 2015

Take Action! Get Support! Become a Member!
Get ready! The PFLAG National Gala is coming on March 30th. Visit to learn more and get your tickets now!
A Call for Convention Workshops!

Do you or someone you know have a workshop session topic that will educate, empower, and engage PFLAGers? If so, then we want YOU!

The 2015 PFLAG National Convention will be heading to Nashville in October, and we’re excited to announce that proposals for sessions are being accepted NOW!Read more…

Engaging Allies of Faith

A baker who declined business because it would entail creating a cake for a same-sex marriage because it would violate her deeply held religious beliefs is found guilty of violating her state’s non-discrimination law. New parents and their six day old child are turned away by a pediatrician who said that after “much prayer” she decided she couldn’t treat the baby because her parents are lesbians.  A religiously-affiliated hospital expresses resistance to hiring employees who are of different faith traditions. While some of these examples might sound extreme, they’re unfortunately becoming commonplace.

Read more…

Donor Profile: David Hish

David Hish emulates PFLAG’s values in every aspect of life. As a monthly supporter through PFLAG National’s Guardian Program, he’s built a legacy of generosity by contributing monthly and has been at the major donor level since the mid-90s. Additionally, he’s written PFLAG into his estate plan so his contributions will benefit PFLAG even after he is gone. But giving generously is only part of what makes David an extraordinary individual.

Read more…

2015 Scholarship Season Begins

The PFLAG Scholarship program is a critical component of PFLAG National’s highly successful Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All Program, rewarding hard work and leadership in the next generation. It is an opportunity to reach out to young people and acknowledge their role in building our community. What better way to show PFLAG’s commitment to students than to provide support for role models and pioneers across the country who are making schools, communities, and their country, safer for all people?

Read more…

Voices of Public Transit

This June, the American Public Transportation Association will host its 4th Biennial Youth Summit and we need your help in attracting and recruiting student applicants.

Students from across the country who will be high school juniors and seniors in the fall of 2015 will come together June 28 – July 2 in Washington, DC to learn the educational and environmental benefits of public transportation; how communities as a whole can prosper with increased services; the role local and federal policies play in public transit usage; and the educational and career opportunities in the public transportation industry.

This all expenses paid opportunity includes these highlights:

  • Experience five days in the Nation’s Capital
  • Meet lawmakers and congressional leaders
  • Participate in hands-on local transit tours
  • Discover the wide range of exciting career paths within the transit industry
  • Learn how public transportation is helping shape a brighter future
  • Interact with other students from across the country who have an interest in how public transportation can make an impact on their communities
  • Reside in university campus housing

The application and program overview are available online or you may contact Mariah Stanley at with questions.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2015

©2014 American Public Transportation Association.
1666 K Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20006

Equality Texas Action Alert

Building a State of Equality in Texas



House Bill 1747 and House Bill 1748, both by Rep. Debbie Riddle, are attacks on the ability of Texans to use the gender-segregated space appropriate to their gender.

Use our ACTION CENTER to tell Rep. Riddle and your State Representative what you think!

Transgender Texans, like all Texans, need to use public restrooms without fear for their safety or security. HB 1747 amends the definition of “disorderly conduct” to make it a crime for transgender Texans who have not been fortunate enough to correct their official gender markers, or choose not to, to use public gender-segregated space appropriate to their gender identity or expression. Criminalizing basic bodily functions puts Texans at risk.

HB 1748 creates two new offenses: making it a state jail felony for most business owners if they repeatedly allow a person who has at least one “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for women, or a person with no “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for men; and making it a Class “A” misdemeanor for a person with at least one “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for women or a person without a “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for men. The overwhelming majority of Texans have never been genetically tested and have no proof whatsoever as to their chromosomal makeup. Access to gender-segregated space should be based on gender, and only gender… not on assumptions of genetics.

Use our ACTION CENTER  to Contact Rep. Riddle and your state representative. Tell them to oppose HB 1747 and HB 1748.

NCLR Dinah Garden Party

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Tickets Now Available for NCLR’s Dinah Garden Party!

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Tickets are now available for NCLR’s annual Palm Springs Dinah Garden Party on April 4th. This year is extremely special because we will be joined by two very exceptional honorees: the legendary Lily Tomlin and Dinah Weekend Founder Mariah Hanson!

NCLR in Palm Springs: Dinah Garden Party
Saturday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
At the historic Old Las Palmas home of Geoff Kors and James Williamson
Address provided upon RSVP

Buy your tickets or become a sponsor today!

Individual tickets are $75 and sponsorship packages start at $250.
Sponsorship benefits include: acknowledgement on NCLR website and event collateral, tickets to the Garden Party,and some levels include tickets to a special VIP reception with our honorees.

NCLR’s year is off to a remarkable start. In January the U.S. Supreme Court granted review in four marriage equality cases, including our case out of Tennessee. With tireless work and perseverance, we could win the freedom to marry nationwide by this June. It is your support that has made the once improbable, now attainable. During the evening, you will hear more about NCLR’s marriage case and all of the incredible work we have been doing from Executive Director Kate Kendell and Senior Legislative & Policy Strategist Geoff Kors. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

For questions regarding the event, contact Development Events Manager Dani Siragusa at or 415.365.1309415.365.1309.

Join these generous supporters and become a sponsor today!

The Advocate | Dimitri Bakakos | Gary D. Soto | David Vogel & Larry Fulton | The Honorable James Williamson & Geoff Kors

Mark Anton & Scott Histed | Geni Bennetts and Pat Tuck |  Diageo  | The Honorable Ginny Foat & Pamela Genevrino | Lynn Hammond Catering

Meredith Baxter & Nancy Locke | Molly Bondhus & Wil Stiles | Club Skirts Presents the Dinah | Laurence Colton & John McCoy | Desert Outlook | Greater Palm Springs Pride | Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau | Hephaestus Jeweler & Jef Timms | Heritage Legal, LLP & Chris Heritage | Tim Hohmeier & Chuck Diodosio | Robert & Mary Beth Kors | Meredith Miller & Carol Dunlop/True Value Palm Springs | Joe McCormack & Gary Hunter | Michelle McKee & Laura O’Kane | P.S. Resorts | Brian Rix

Gordon & Sally Atkinson | Carol & Mike Balasa | David Brickman & William Grimm | James Carroll & Scott Romesburg | Beth Edwards & Cindy Solomon | Andy Linsky | Nadine Navarro & Margaret Norris | Jim Sanak & Scott Palermo | The Standard | Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge/Copa Nightclub | Darrell Tucci | Robert Van Roo | Thomas B. Watson & Andrew Klayman

Roberta Conroy | Ruth Debra & Sherry Fulton | Joan Elliot & Gloria Kapp | Pennie Feehan | Emily Freeman | Lauri Kibby |  Barbara Lampert | Lisa Middleton & Cheryl Callaghan | Jack Newby | Oranj Palm Vacation Homes | The Honorable Steve Pougnet | David Rothmiller & L.D. Thompson | Kelly & Jennifer Rouse-Willis | Eric Shay | Sara Sperling & Jessika Fessenden | Mark Stoelting | John Williams & Jean-Guy Lachance

Sponsor list as of 2.25.2015

Lambda Legal | February 25, 2015

King v.Burwell

Join Lambda Legal at 6pm EST on Wednesday, March 4th, for a teleconference explaining the possible impact of King v. Burwell on people living with and at higher risk for HIV in the U.S.

Next Wednesday, March 4th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). A negative ruling in this case would end subsidies that make health insurance affordable for most low-income residents in the 34 states that have a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange, including tens of thousands of people living with HIV.

Please sign up for the call now so that you can get the latest information from the sharpest legal minds in the LGBT community – our lawyers! Lambda Legal’s HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes and Counsel Greg Nevins will be in attendance at the Court that day and will provide the most up-to-date information on how this case may affect members of our community.

Late last month, Lambda Legal submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in this case on behalf of nine national HIV advocacy organizations, detailing the extensive, negative impact that this case could have on people of color living with HIV. You can find our press release and a link to the brief on our website.

I hope you will be able to join our teleconference on Wednesday, March 4th to hear about the latest developments in this case and how they might affect LGBT people, those living with HIV – and all Americans.


New Membership Offer for Allies of NLGJA

New Membership Offer for Allies of NLGJA
NLGJA offers longtime supporters a new way to partner toward fair and accurate coverage

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2015
Media Contact: Bach Polakowski or 202-588-9888202-588-9888

Washington, DC– The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association today announced a campaign to encourage allies to join and take part in its programs for members. This change, offering an Ally Membership for $75 a year, goes into effect in preparation for the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration later in 2015.

NLGJA continues to be the premiere network for LGBT media professionals and now will include everyone dedicated to the highest journalistic standards in the coverage of LGBT issues.

“Over our 25-year history, NLGJA has had countless individuals who have shown support of our mission,” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus. “By adding this category, we can now bring those individuals into our membership fold. We look forward to expanding the NLGJA family. ”

The new Ally Membership includes anyone who believes in NLGJA’s mission but is not limited by professional affiliation. Those of you who are supporters of NLGJA’s mission but are NOT former, part-time journalists or who hold media-related jobs, or qualify for any other member category, can now take advantage of this special anniversary offering.

Ally members have access to various services and member rates for conferences, summits, conventions and events, where a member rate is offered. It does not include the right to vote, nor run for office.

NLGJA’s anniversary will be celebrated at the Coming Home National Convention. Join old friends and new to celebrate 25 years of NLGJA at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero San Francisco, September 3-6. For more information, visit

About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information, visit

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