PFLAG NYC has been changing lives and probably saving lives through its support groups for years. “I’ve never seen a person new to a PFLAG support group who didn’t feel better and feel changed after just one meeting,” Board Chair Suzanne Ramos said recently, “but we realize,” she added, “that many people who need us won’t find their way to a support group, so we have been doing much more out in the community to help.” Read more »

Maria Vittini shares this story of her evolving feelings when her daughter came out: Read more »

Last November Lateisha Green was shot and killed in Syracuse. Last Friday, a jury in Syracuse found her killer guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime. This decision, which was the first prosecution of a hate crime in Onondaga County, brought justice for Lateisha and her family, but no verdict can ever bring her back. Read more »

After a month spent ignoring the pressing needs of New Yorkers, the New York Senate resumed work yesterday and began to act on a long backlog of legislation. The marriage equality bill that has twice been passed by the Assembly. The Senate needs to pass this bill too. Now may not be the right time because there are so many bruised feelings in the chamber, but we must keep up the pressure to let senators know that they must support full equality for same-sex couples. Read more »