In catching up on my blog reading since Christmas, I have been saving this excellent observation by Stephen Miller at the Independent Gay Forum (a fantastic site if you don’t already have it bookmarked!)
The Fall of PFLAG – Culture Watch @ Independent Gay Forum, December 27, 2005
Among the saddest developments for the gay community this past year may be the transformation of the group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) from an organization that sought to create dialogue among straights and gays into a knee-jerk, Daily Kos-ite arm of the Democratic National Committee. I can remember several years back speaking to PFLAG’s then executive director at a Republican Unity Coalition event, where she was the only representative who chose to attend from any of the supposedly nonpartisan gay lobbies. But that was then. Now, under current executive leader Jody Huckaby, PFLAG deviates no more from politically correct lesbigay leftism.
Now PFLAG is working to derail the nomination of Sam Alito, and its press statement disingenuously cites a case in which Alito ruled that a public school non-harassment policy went too far toward curtailing free speech, while ignoring another Alito ruling in favor of a harassed gay student (as I recounted most recently here).
The loss of PFLAG to the partisan left leaves us with no significant national organization that seeks to forge a broad consensus for gay equality (aside, arguably, from the religious groups like Soulforce, God bless ’em). And that’s why I think it’s the saddest gay development of the year.
When I first came out to my Mom, she attended a PFLAG event. She thought it was a good thing for her to do, but I remember her telling me that she didn’t have a lot in common with the parents at that particular meeting — who hated their kids, had kids in rehab, or had major internal issues with their son/daughter being gay.
It seems that PFLAG has become less of a support group for parents, and yet another predictible knee-jerk gay group like all the others….. Liberal Cabin “Republicans” included.
I’m glad that Stephen brought this issue to the forefront but also join in his sadness over the hijacking of a formerly positive group for our community. I’d be very anxious for any of your comments or emails about your or your family’s experiences with PFLAG.