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A Statement from PFLAG National

“We’re disappointed in the outcome of our motion for preliminary relief. The law is now in effect. Our lawyers are interested in hearing directly from individual members who are affected by the law as they consider next steps. The fight continues in court and the lawyers are working toward trial. We don’t have a trial date yet. PFLAG is playing a pivotal role in trying to keep transgender Missourians safe.

We are all very grateful to you for your willingness to stand up against such an unjust and cruel law.”

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PFLAG National takes action in Missouri to #ProtectTransKids

PFLAG National, on behalf of our members in Missouri, became party to a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, the ACLU of Missouri, and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  in Cole County Circuit​ Court to block the implementation of SB 49,​ ​which would prevent transgender adolescents in Missouri from accessing evidence-based gender-affirming medical care.  PFLAG has hundreds of members in Missouri who are directly affected and harmed by this law, which is scheduled to take effect on August 28.​Noe v Parson was filed to challenge SB 49 on behalf of ​PFLAG National, ​GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality​, three families of transgender young people, ​and ​medical providers​.

This case is personal for me: I was born and raised in the Joplin area and know that the good-hearted people of my home state would never want to harm a child or take away a parent’s right to care for their family. Yet that’s what SB49 does by bringing the government into the doctor’s office to harm a vulnerable group of Missourians. PFLAG is suing the State of Missouri on behalf of our chapters and members in the state, representing hundreds of families of transgender youth and adults, to ensure every Missourian gets the medically necessary care they need, transgender or not.

Our team has put together a helpful FAQ to answer some of the questions we are hearing about this case. As a resident in the state of Missouri, you might have additional questions that aren’t addressed in our FAQ. If so, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support of transgender people and their families in Missouri, and of PFLAG. Together we will continue the work to ensure that everyone can access the healthcare they need—and that every LGBTQ+ person is safe, celebrated, empowered, and loved.

Sincerely,

Brian K. Bond (he/him)
Chief Executive Officer
PFLAG National

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No Meeting today at Village Presbyterian! Join us at Pride Fest!

Stop by our booth at Pride Fest and register for a free ticket to Drag King Story Time on June 21st!  Ceramic Cafe in Overland Park is hosting KC Sunshine, currently Mr. Gay America for this special event!  PFLAG KC will draw 4 winners this evening!  HAPPY PRIDE!

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Support Meeting 10/9 at 3:00 CDT Online only D.C. Hiegert with ACLU – PROTECT TRANS YOUTH!

https://pflag-org.zoom.us/j/94096789623?pwd=OVRZTmFHZGRHUzRaY1RCYkcvbzY0UT09

“D.C. (they/them) is a Skadden Legal Fellow at the ACLU of Kansas, where they work as an attorney to enforce and expand the rights of LGBTQ+ Kansans. D.C. graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2021, where they were a dedicated LGBTQ+ rights advocate who co-founded a free gender marker and name change clinic for low-income trans folks, expanded gender neutral bathroom access on campus, and published legal scholarship on LGBTQ+ Kansans rights.”

This presentation will be applicable to parents in both Kansas and Missouri. A lot of the law that protects trans students in school is federal, which doesn’t change state to state.

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2022 Scholarship Winners!

PFLAG KC and GLSEN of Greater Kansas City
announce the 2022 Scholarship Winners!

MK Shultz from Lawrence Free State High School
Bella Washburn from Lee’s Summit North High School
North Barlow from Lansing High School
Sam Hale from Shawnee Mission South High School


CONGRATULATIONS to these young people as they continue
steps toward bright and wonderful futures!  
Each student received $1,000.

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