Statement from PFLAG Gainesville Chapter President Kate Haskell:
PFLAG Gainesville is not a political organization. We don't seek to influence which politicians get elected. Our job is supporting, advocating for, and educating about LGBTQ people and their loved ones. We do our best to love the LGBTQ people in our lives, and we do whatever we can to help families who are struggling toward acceptance. We have family members all over the LGBTQ spectrum: gay, bisexual, lesbian, pansexual, asexual, transgender, and people with non-binary identifications. Our cherished loved ones range from school-age children to senior citizens, and we intensely love and support each one.
PFLAG Gainesville condemns the recent decision by the Trump administration to rescind guidelines intended to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students in the strongest possible terms. No child should have added barriers placed in the way of their education. No child should have to sit uncomfortably in class because they are scared to use the restroom that feels safe. No child should be singled out in a negative way. We are unapologetic in this stance, and as an organization, we will fight on behalf of these students in every way we can.
If you are trans or gender non-conforming or if you have a loved one who is, you are always safe and welcome at PFLAG Gainesville. We understand that our diversity is our greatest strength and that it is our responsibility to use our privileges to help vulnerable people when they are being bullied. You are loved.
Feeling scared? Need someone to talk to? You are not alone!
Trans Lifeline (US): (877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline (Canada): (877) 330-6366
The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386
Alachua Crisis Center (Phone): 352-264-6789
Alachua Crisis Center (TDD/TTY): 352-955-2449