Kathy Halbrooks, current president of PFLAG Nashville, recently attended the 2011 PFLAG National Convention in Washington, D.C.
The activities during the four-day event included many attendees lobbying senators and representatives to support and advance the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Students Non-Discrimination Act, federal legislation that will help build safer schools for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) loved ones.
More than 160 PFLAG members from all over the country participated in the 2011 National Lobby Day and the presence was felt far and wide. As a result of PFLAG’s advocacy field work, five additional Congress Members have so far signed on to serve as cosponsors to the legislation PFLAG was advocating for.
In addition to a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill, PFLAG members joined nearly 300 PFLAGers from all over the country, networking and attending workshops and plenary sessions on a wide array of topics, including building safer schools, fundraising strategies, dialoguing about LGBT people in faith communities, and more.
A surprise guest at the Opening Ceremony was Keynote Speaker Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Additionally, long-time PFLAGer Betty Degeneres (mother of comedienne Ellen Degeneres) received the Betty Degeneres Advocate Award and spoke about her work as a straight ally and her life as a mom to a lesbian daughter.