October 7, 2008

October  7, 2008
How's it going with you today? Thanks for stopping by to see what is going on in my life.

I received some exciting news today. I had been asked recently by PFLAG national (www.pflag.org) to write a blog entry about American men and women being placed on ADAP waiting lists which I just turned in a few days ago. Well I just found out today that they have posted my blog entry on their national website. You can view my blog entry at: http://pflagblog.blogspot.com.

Or if you go into their website on their main page (www.pflag.org), you then can click on PFLAG National Blog to read my entry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at PFLAG for helping get out the message about Americans on these ADAP waiting lists. Now that there are life saving HIV medications, no one with HIV should have to die because of financial need. To allow needless death would be discounting the deaths of all my loved ones who lost their battle with AIDS before the new medications were available.

For those of you who have never heard of PFLAG. PFLAG stands for Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays. The beginning of PFLAG goes back to 1972 when Jeanne Manford started an international movement by marching with her son Mortie in New York’s Gay Pride Parade. Enraged that her son had been beaten at a gay rights protest two months before while police did nothing, she carried a sign at the Pride march that said, “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of Our Children.”

35 years later, PFLAG has grown to include more than 500 chapters nationwide, over 200,000 members, supporters, and affiliates, representing the largest chapter network in the struggle for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) rights. From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, PFLAG has been at the forefront fighting side by side with their gay sons who were dying from complications due to AIDS. Many of the mothers in PFLAG became "step-moms" to many gay men with AIDS when their own families had turned them out. I have also had the fortune of being friends with several PFLAG chapter leaders and have the utmost respect for their organization. I was one of the lucky ones because my mother was a member of PFLAG Pensacola until her death in 2003 and I always know my family will be there for me whenever I need them.

Regardless of HIV status, the coming out process is traumatic for many gay, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered Americans. But at the same time, you feel like a brick wall has been lifted off you. I hope it is not as difficult as it was in the early 80s when AIDS first reared its ugly head. The members of PFLAG; parents, family members, friends and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community; understand the coming out journey and offer their support and unconditional love to people at any point in their journey.

PFLAG like all groups can use your support. You can become a national member by going to their website at: https://community.pflag.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=453

If you would just like to make a donation to PFLAG, go to their website at: http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=459

I hope you had a rewarding and satisfying day!

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab