Education & Advocacy

Sacramento Vice-Chair Francie Milazzo, San Francisco Co-Chair Julia Thoron, and Sacramento Board Member Roger Cain at the 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
 (PFLAG) Sacramento promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families, friends and the greater Sacramento community through a variety of community activities in the areas of education and advocacy.

Our Goals
  1. Build the capacity of our organization at every level so that we may have all the resources, in the form of information, people and funding, necessary to move forward in our work with the greatest possible effect.
  2. Create a world in which our young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.
  3. Make our vision and our message accessible to the broadest range of ethnic and cultural communities, ending the isolation of families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender family members within those communities.
  4. Work toward full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons within their chosen communities of faith.
  5. Create a society in which all GLBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.
  6. Create a society in which all gay, lesbian, biseuxal and transgender persons may enjoy, in every aspect of their lives, full civil and legal equality and may participate fully in all the rights, privileges and obligations of full citizenship in this country.
Our Activities

Here are a few of the activities through which our PFLAG Sacramento chapter promotes education and advocacy in our community:
  • Speakers Bureau - Experienced, caring PFLAG members are available to speak at parents' groups, service clubs, workplaces, churches, schools, colleges and professional conferences.
  • Outreach - We attend California PTA and American Academy of Pediatrics conferences and other professional and community events to provide resources, literature and contact information.
  • Queer Youth Advocacy Day - youth from across the State rally on the Capitol steps and educate lawmakers on what is needed to make California schools safer for LGBTQ and straight ally students.
  • Service of Remembrance - held since 1999 in memory of those who have died violently because of the actual or their perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.