Advocacy is an important part of Greater Boston PFLAG's mission to change attitudes and create an environment of understanding so that our LGBT family members and friends can live with dignity and respect. In addition to making our voice heard at the Massachusetts state house, we partner with local organizations and state agencies to move equality forward. The following statements reflect our positions.
Anti-gay Bullying Guidance
In response to two widely reported suicides in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts legislature passed its sweeping Bullying Prevention Law in 2010. Among other provisions, the law mandated notification of a bullying incident to the parents of both the perpetrator and the victim, and directed the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to adopt regulations governing parent notification. Learn more
CARE for Youth
Greater Boston PFLAG is a proud member of CARE for Youth. Learn more
The Commission on GLBT Youth
Four of the seats on the Commission on GLBT Youth are held by Greater Boston PFLAG members. Learn more
Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes
Greater Boston PFLAG supports passage of Massachusetts House Bill 1728, An Act Relative to Gender-based Discrimination and Hate Crimes, because we believe that everyone should be able to attend school, work and live without fear of discrimination or harm. Learn more
"Love Won Out" Movement
While Focus on the Family's "Love Won Out" conferences preach that homosexuality is curable through counseling and "the power of God's love," Greater Boston PFLAG believes that the so called "Love Won Out" approach endangers the well-being of young people. Learn more
Greater Boston PFLAG believes that civil marriage is a fundamental civil right. Learn more
Reparative therapy is any formal attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. Greater Boston PFLAG concurs with the conclusion of leading organizations that "homosexuality is not a mental disorder” and opposes all portrayals of lesbian, gay and bisexual people as mentally ill and in need of treatment due to their sexual orientation. Learn more
We're willing to stand up for what we believe.