The following people have expressed their support for PFLAG & its work:
Queensland AIDS Council
The Queensland AIDS Council is proud to work with PFLAG. We all see the need for LGBTI men and women to live in peace and health, free from discrimination of any kind. By working with our parents and friends, and supporting them as they deal with our sexuality, PFLAG plays an important role in making sure that we can live the best way we see fit. Their work in advocating for the end to discrimination against same sex couples was an important part of this, and we are now able to enjoy most of the rights that every Australian take for granted.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, and we will all achieve much more by working together.
(Past President, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities)
Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights Group
PFLAG Brisbane is one of Australia’s most successful and effective education and advocacy organisations for the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
PFLAG Brisbane has supported many families to be more accepting of their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. It has initiated a number of ground-breaking, general-community education programs including Longreach for Outreach and Homophobia in the Workplace. On top of this, PFLAG Brisbane is one of Australia’s most high profile advocates for GLBT human rights with initiatives such as a series of newspaper advertisements supporting the legal and financial entitlements of same-sex couples. Thanks to this leadership, PFLAG Brisbane is now seen across Australia as a trend-setter, not only for other PFLAG groups, but for the broader GLBT community on human rights generally.
I can think of no other organisation that has worked so consistently and effectively at so many levels to promote harmony between people of different sexualities and equity for sexual and gender minorities.
The University of Queensland
As the Director of Equity in a large University in metropolitan Queensland, I have called on PFLAG to assist my Office with staff awareness-raising and particularly in value-adding to the University’s Ally program, a program that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex students and staff on campus. Shelley and other PFLAG members have willingly given their time to address meetings of staff, to share their personal stories and to offer their assistance freely. They keep my Office informed of relevant events and freely provide material that might assist in our work.
PFLAG is invariably at any public event where they can further promote their cause. They consistently provide quality submissions to relevant reviews and unashamedly lobby politicians and other powerful groups and individuals in the community in pursuit of legislative and social equality for people of alternative sexuality and gender identity (LGBTI).
PFLAG has been active in developing resources for schools and working to ensure teachers understand the issues faced by young LGBTI people or those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity.
PFLAG and its dynamic leader Shelley Argent have fulfilled an extremely important role in working to ensure that the human rights of Australians is inclusive of those who identify as other than heterosexual and have proved formidable allies of the gay and transgender communities. It would be a recognition of their contribution to making Australia a better society if they were to receive a Human Rights Award.
Dr Ann Stewart
Former Director, The Equity Office, University of Queensland
Centre for Human Potential
I am the Principal Psychologist for Centre for Human Potential a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender specialist psychology clinic. We have been operating over 15 years and see individuals, couples, employees in rehabilitation after a workplace psychological injury and clients in the medico-legal context.
We have had a long standing relationship with PFLAG and have a comprehensive understanding of how they operate, the work they do and the people involved.
Over the years I have developed a deep level of trust in the work they do and have seen evidence that they have made a transformational difference in many lives. I have presented and provided input to their conferences and parent’s support group, spoken at their conference and facilitated at their 2020 Summit. In particular the outcomes of the Summit were very significant and likely to make a real difference to the lives of LGBTI in our community and possibly even reduce the suicide rates.
I have also read articles and other written material from them including an online booklet which they provide at no cost which I have heard has also made a significant difference in parents dealing with the very complex issues of their children being gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgender.
I have worked closely with Shelley Argent and amazed at her determination, strength and tireless efforts to reduce dangerous levels of homophobia in society, and seen the relentless warm hearted support she has provided to many parents of LGBTI children.
I wholeheartedly nominate both PFLAG Brisbane and Shelley Argent for the HREOC Award. I don’t know of another more deserving individual or organisation.
Former Principal Psychologist, Centre for Human Potential