On Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m., PFLAG of Cape Cod will host Diego Sanchez at their monthly meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth, 840 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth. Diego Sanchez is PFLAG's (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) National Director of Policy.
As national director of the Washington, DC-based organization, Mr. Sanchez makes PFLAG's position known regarding matters of state and federal policy, legislation and litigation as pertains to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens.
"We from Massachusetts are proud of our legacy of achieving equality for many, and we still have some ground to cover for some of us--including LGBT and gender non-conforming people of all ages, those living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS and people living in poverty, among others," said Mr. Sanchez.
Currently on Mr. Sanchez's national radar are such issues as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Affordable Health Care, clarification of federal tax benefits for same-sex married couples and challenges to same-sex marriage laws in different states. Here in the commonwealth, PFLAG is monitoring two proposed legislative bills: Bill S.643, the "equal access bill" and Bill H.154, a bill banning conversion therapy on minors. "Advocacy, activism and policy action get us closer to where we need to be and I'm glad we will talk about our unique and united roles in our march toward full equality," Mr. Sanchez continued.
Prior to his position with PFLAG, Mr. Sanchez was Congressman Barney Frank's Senior Policy Advisor. That appointment made Diego Sanchez the first openly transgendered person to work as legislative staff member on Capitol Hill, according to PFLAG. Learn more about Diego Sanchez here.
The April 29 meeting is open to all. PFLAG of Cape Cod meets monthly at the Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth in East Falmouth (the last Tuesday of the month) and at the First Parish Church in Brewster (the third Monday of the month).
PFLAG, the first family/ally organization, was founded in 1972 by a mother who publicly supported her gay son. For more information about PFLAG, visit the national website here. To learn more about the Cape Cod chapter, visit their website here.