PFLAG’s award recognizes our five years of support for the organization and to the greater cause of marginalized LGBT youth — through our work with organizations like the Ali Forney Center, America’s largest shelter for homeless LGBT teens, and the Point Foundation, which funds college scholarships.
Did you know that 86.2% of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) students reported being verbally harassed, 44.1% reported being physically harassed and 22.1% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
Other PFLAG leadership award recipients this year include Miss New York, Claire Buffie, and Brian Burke, the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2010 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.
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PFLAG NYC is the first and largest chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a nonprofit organization created in the 1970s in response to harassment of LGBT youth. Today, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.