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straight for equality materials

Below is an alphabetical list of all Straight for Equality and PFLAG-created resources on this site.

10 Things You Can Do to Be an Ally
Learn 10 simple things that you can do to come out, speak up, and join in as an ally.

10 Things You Can Do to Be Trans Ally
Learn 10 simple things that you can do to come out, speak up, and join in as a trans ally.

10 Things You Can Do to Be an Ally in Healthcare
Get 10 simple things that you can do to come out, speak up, and join in as an ally and a healthcare provider.

10 Things You Can Do to Be an Ally in your Faith Community
Learn 10 simple things that you can do to come out, speak up, and join in as an ally in your faith community.

2021 PFLAG National Partnerships Benefits
Looking for a way to do good and affirm your organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion...and join us for PFLAG National networking events? Want to support the nation’s largest organization dedicated to bringing LGBTQ+ people, their families, and allies together to achieve equality for all?

2021 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Learning Session Catalog
This brochure highlights the diverse learning session opportunities available through Straight for Equality (a program of PFLAG National) - including one brand new learning sessions for 2021. From basic learning sessions that make the case for diversity and inclusion to issue specific learning sessions that promote awareness about bullying in schools we definitely have what’s right for you! (Contact us if you’d like a copy mailed to you.)

As a trans ally I will...
Use these postcards as part of an event to show people how to be better trans allies.
The card can also be used as a part of a social media campaign and is a great way to get a conversation strated. (Also available at the PFLAG National Bookstore!)

be not afraid, help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities
No matter where your faith community falls on LGBT people and/or issues Straight for Equality is here to help. Learn how to address your own discomfort when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues in the context of your religious beliefs, how you can become a straight ally, and small but important steps you can take to express your support for the gay community. (Also available at the PFLAG National Bookstore!)

Breaking Binaries Worksheet
Use this worksheet to understand how you personally understand your assigned birth sex, gender expression, gender identitiy, and sexual orientation. You can use this tool as a conversation starter about non-binary identities

Claim Your Rights
This one page overview details the Claim Your Rights project developed by PFLAG in collaboration with GLSEN. It has basic information about filing a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Education Department to report instances of bullying and harassment in public schools that receive federal funding.

Cultivating Respect - Stopping Bullying to Create Safer School Overview 
For many years, news reports have been filled with the tragic stories of young people being bullied and harassed in schools, and the terrible consequences many of them face when no one is willing to speak up. This has put a topic that was often seen as “a LGBTQ+ issue” on the radar of parents everywhere. 

Cultivating Respect: Top 10 Ways to Make Schools Safer for All Students
This PFLAG publication is used in the Cultivating Respect Training and will help participants understand the problems that bullying and harassment can cause in the lives of LGBTQ+ people. It also includes some of the ways to encourage strong anti-bullying and harassment policies in schools as well as useful tips that can be used with kids, friends, teachers, and school personnel to end bullying in schools. Disponible en español!

Curious Case of the Fried Ally: Beating Ally Burnout Overview 
The trajectory of ally engagement in the workplace has been meteoric, changing the face of network groups, the case for inclusion, and perceptions of the LGBTQ+ equality movement. However, once allies own their power as changemakers, the hard work begins.

Don't Know Much About LGBTQ History? The Ultimate LGBTQ History and Culture Extravaganza Overview 
Stonewall. Rainbow flags. Pink triangles. Lavender lambdas. Pink, blue, and white banners. Pride parades. Disco. Fire Island, WeHo, and Boy’s Town. Harvey, Audre, Marsha, Sylvester, and even Gaga. What does it all mean? LGBTQ+ history and culture tells the story of a vibrant, diverse, and determined community that has overcome massive barriers and deeply influenced mainstream culture. 

Equality Literacy 101 (Glossary)
Sometimes not speaking up has more to do with not knowing the right words than anything else. This short list of terms should help you learn more and feel more comfortable talking about equality.

Faith in Our Families
Discovering that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can pose new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted. By using personal experiences, this publication provides examples for reconciling your faith with the knowledge that a loved one is gay. This also includes an updated list of gay and lesbian religious and spiritual groups to watch out for. (Also available at the PFLAG National Bookstore!)

From the Classroom to the Boardroom - Addressing Bullying Behaviors Overview 
The issue of bullying in schools has led to widespread responses, legislation, and preventative programs. But an important question still needs to be addressed: What happens to people who exhibit bullying behavior as youth when they grow up? Research suggests that schoolyard bullies often continue their intimidating and exclusionary behavior in the workplace. But because of the complexities of bullying, effective responses are often difficult to develop. 

guide to being a straight ally (fourth edition)
This guide will help you understand how allies fit in the effort to achieve equality for all. Learn more about what it means to be a straight ally and get some great tips and tools to being more supportive of your LGBTQ+, friends, family, and colleagues. (Also available at the PFLAG National Bookstore!)

guide to being a trans ally
This guide will help you learn more about what transgender means, develop competency around talking about the issue, become better informed about the challenges that many trans people face, and know specific ways that you can be a strong trans ally. (Also available at the PFLAG National Bookstore!)

Have Faith: Navigating LGBTQ+ and Religion Issues in the Workplace Overview
There are few topics that cause as much stress as putting LGBTQ equality and religion in the same discussion. The conflict – both real and perceived – between diversity and inclusion efforts aimed at LGBTQ+ equality and people’s religious beliefs remains a hotbed of debate. 

I’m an ally because… Postcard
Use these postcards as a part of an event to amplify the reasons people identify as allies. The card is a perfect for events, and is a great way to get a conversation started. The reverse side provides instant resources to pass along.

I'm Not LGBTQ...Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Advaced Ally Skills Overview
As allies want to become more engaged, they need support in their efforts to learn and do more, whether at work or at home. But often self-identified allies find themselves faced with common challenges to expressing support for their LGBTQ+ family, friends, and colleagues that may leave them less likely to speak up. 

I need an ally because… Postcard
Created for people who identify as LGBTQ+, these cards help communicate why a person needs an ally. Great for events and for getting conversations started. The reverse side provides you with some instant resources to pass along.

It's Not About Counting Heads: Creating Truly Inclusive Network Groups Overview 
It’s been said that diversity isn’t about counting heads, but about making heads count. Creating a diversity engagement strategy that accomplishes this goal isn’t always easy, but the benefits are tremendous. Culturally-inclusive LGBTQ+ ERGs better serve organizations and provide support to less visible populations. It can also create partnerships that yield great educational opportunities, dispel stereotypes, and develop inclusive workplace climates. 

Our Trans Loved Ones
Our Trans Loved Ones is a brand-new, updated resource. Written by PFLAG staff members, and created with the help of content experts, reviewers, and PFLAGers with experience to share, it is full of information, first-person stories, and expert input geared to those who have a loved one who has come out as trans or gender expansive. Disponible en español!

Pronouns: Beyond the Basics
Adapted from Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Inclusion in the Workplace: The Essential Guide for Employers (2018) by Sarah Gibson & J Fernandez.

Pronouns: Why They Matter
This worksheet includes information on why sharing personal pronouns matters, common gender-neutral pronouns, and examples of when and how various pronouns are used. 

read this before you put your metatarsals between your mandible and maxilla: straight for equality in healthcare
This guide helps healthcare professionals understand how they too can help move equality forward. By being more inclusive in their language and learning more about the unique challenges that LGBTQ+ people face doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals can change – or save – lives. 

Sharing Your Workplace Story to Create Change Overview 
One of PFLAG’s core beliefs is that when we share our personal stories, we transform the conversation about LGBTQ+ equality from being about abstract rights, laws, and policies to being about real people. And while everyone has a story to tell, the question of how to share this story effectively—especially in the workplace—often goes unanswered. 

Straight for Equality in the Workplace: Becoming a Trans Ally and Going Beyond the Binary Overview: While the acronym “LGBTQ+” is frequently used to reflect a diverse community, the issues faced by each group in the acronym are very different. People who are transgender and nonbinary report higher rates of discrimination at work than gay and lesbian individuals, and the level of understanding of transgender issues is often low.

Thinking Strategically: Developing (and Growing) Your Ally Strategy Overview
In the more than 10 years since the launch of PFLAG’s Straight for Equality program, the concept of ally engagement in the workplace has become a core tenet of inclusion programs. Still, “engaging allies” is easier said than effectively done.

Want to be an Ally (Or Help One Out?): Straight for Equality in the Workplace Overview 
Corporations are leading the way in creating policies and programs that ensure equality for LGBTQ+ people. But research shows that roughly half of LGBTQ+ adults still remain closeted at work. The problem is often in workplace culture, and the solution lies in supportive allies becoming more visible and engaged. 

What Would You Do? The Advanced Ally's Guide to Being Active in Tough Situations Overview
So you’re an ally. You’re out there. People know what your values are. You’re starting conversations and educating people. And yet, navigating different kinds of conflict in interactions remains a challenge. 

When LGBTQ Past and Present Collide! How LGBTQ History Can Illuminate Today's Challenges Overview
As the old saying goes, those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. Yet looking at where the LGBTQ+ and ally community is today sometimes feels like we’re navigating completely new ground. But is that really the case? 

When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support and Acceptance Overview  
The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that the word—and the actions it entails— are simple. However, in spite of the progress made in acceptance for people who are LGBTQ+-identified, the process can still be harrowing, especially at work.