Thank you for Dan for sending this to me – totally made my day! For those of you that don’t know, PFLAG is a national non-profit organization devoted to GLBT, their families and communities. They have just launched a national campaign that uses social media to document people’s experiences in coming out – both everyday people (including kids) and well known personalities, including So You Think You Can Dance Canada‘s guest judge Rex Harrington (who is also the artist In residence of the Canadian National Ballet) as well as HGTV personality Terry Edward Briceland.
“Stories are the mechanism through which we support each other and inspire people to carry forward,” said Cherie MacLeod, national executive director for PFLAG in Moncton, NB. “We’ve always believed that the more connected we are, the more we can help create a safer world. This is definitely a reflection of the work that we do and how we want to inspire Canadians.”
There are also image / print ads that tease the videos with pictures of those that shared their story with a QR code on them. Those interested have to scan the code to reveal more info. PFLAG Canada wanted to show that they are embracing new technologies to get its message out. I’m really glad that PFLAG has done this. It’s so important.
On January 15th, Claire Buffie, reigning Miss New York, will make Miss America history by becoming the first woman to bring the fight for LGBT equality to the Miss America stage. Will you be watching? I know for the first time in a long time I actually want to watch Miss America. We all remember the story of Carrie Prejean, Miss California/Traditional Marriage/Sex Tapes/National Organization for Marriage, blablabla who was Miss USA 2009 first runner-up. She was the
bitch witch that thought marriage should be between a man and a woman and Perez Hilton went all equal rights on her butt. She was later stripped of her Miss California USA 2009 crown for alleged breaches of contract.
Claire, whose sister came out several years ago, is an executive board member of the New York City chapter of PFLAG and also is very active in the community. Two years ago she started the “Straight for Equality: Let’s Talk” campaign, where she travels to schools and talks with the student to help promote inclusion and civil rights for all. On Claire’s blog she talks about how cool it is being able to speak at schools, “I feel like every time I leave a school I say, THAT was the coolest experience I’ve had at a school. How can that be? You have to remember that although you are telling the same story over and over, or a variation of it, it is still someone’s first time hearing your story. That influence and fresh response is what motivates me to keep speaking and sharing my story.”