straight for equality
personal stories from allies

“Each and every time we tell our truth, we’re creating a world where
the sense that there is shame in being LGBT– or having a child or
loved one who is – becomes less pervasive.”

- Sam Thoron, Former PFLAG National Board President

Sharing your personal story about why you dedicate time, energy, and passion to equality for all is a powerful and often transformative act. In fact, for more than 45 years, encouraging people to share their stories has been at the core of PFLAG National’s work, since we know that a personal narrative can impact people in the way no statistic ever could.

Many LGBTQ+ people talk about the relief they felt when they realized that they weren’t the only gay person in the world or when they truly knew that they had people who loved, accepted, and celebrated them. Often allies say that they have a similar experience – that without knowing that there are other allies around them, they feel isolated.

Please remember that no ally is ever alone. There are countless allies out there with unique and powerful stories about why this issue matters to them. Check out some of these narratives…and consider sharing yours, too. Remember: Change begins with one conversation.