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‘Coming Out as a Straight Supporter:’ updated guide released by HRCF, PFLAG

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) in partnership with PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) have released a comprehensive update of Coming Out as a Straight Supporter.

The resource is intended to be a welcoming guide for straight supporters to build bridges of understanding when someone they know comes out to them. The guide answers initial questions, and shares facts, strategies, and ways to show your support of LGBT equality.

“Straight supporters are so important to our fight for full equality for LGBT Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Just as it takes an incredible amount of courage to come out as LGBT, it also takes courage to stand up and say, ‘I am a straight supporter.’”

PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby said, “PFLAG was founded by Jeanne Manford, the Mother of the Straight Ally movement, 40 years ago: a time when standing up and saying ‘I have a gay son’ or ‘I have a lesbian friend’ was unheard of. Since she came out as an ally, we’ve seen the power of parent allies in PFLAG, and friends and colleagues through our Straight for Equality project. This guide provides support for that first step in the coming-out process for straight allies

The revamped resource is released as a growing chorus of high-profile straight individuals have spoken out in support of LGBT equality. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo, actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, actress/singer Beyonce Knowles, Microsoft founder and CEO Bill Gates, musicians Jason Mraz and Carrie Underwood and more have joined millions of everyday straight supporters who have stood up for their LGBT friends and relatives.

Polls in recent years show that nearly 80 percent of Americans know someone who is lesbian or gay, and a majority of Americans have a close family member, friend or coworker who is lesbian or gay.

“With National Coming Out Day approaching Oct. 11, this resource can prove to be an important tool in helping LGBT people and straight supporters on their coming out journeys,” Griffin said.

“It’s crucial,” says Huckaby, “that straight allies come out, too, and this is another great resource to support how they will take that action on and speak up.”

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1 Comment for “‘Coming Out as a Straight Supporter:’ updated guide released by HRCF, PFLAG”

  1. Hi,

    I really enjoyed this article on straight allies, I think it’s important for everyone to know that straight allies are taking such an active role. I’m releasing a video called “I’m coming out” that parodies Chris Brown’s “Don’t wake me up” song this Thursday Oct 11th, National Coming Out Day. It starts off on a serious note, In the closet torn on whether or not to come out, then involves me taking off my clothes and running around Seattle wearing an Approve Referendum 74 sign. It’s about coming out as a straight ally, let me know if you’d like to hear more about it or have me send it to you.


    Daniel Hanks

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