We all know that hate is not inherited - there are no hate genes passed from one generation to the next. Hate is learned, and intolerance and discrimination are modeled by parents, teachers, school systems, religious leaders, corporations and institutions that have power and authority. The PFLAG family voice is one of comfort and support, but it is also one of advocacy, challenging the status quo so that all people, including our GLBT and questioning young people, are safe and free from discrimination, bullying and violence.
This is the panel from the program Traditional Families - Fact or Fiction?, offered at a Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis.
Sue and John talked with Shanna at the 2009 Gay Pride Festival.
PFLAG passes out literature at conferences for teachers and social workers, visits high school and college classrooms and participates in diversity programs at area companies. This information table was at a meeting of the Indiana School Counselor's Association.
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