STTA Live! Black History Month Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As we head into Black History Month--and at a time when books written by Black authors are being removed from shelves and classes about Black history are being removed from school curriculums--finding joy in the current climate is difficult.

Join us this Thursday, January 25, at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT for Something To Talk About Live!, where we will discuss “Black Joy Is For Black Queer Youth, Too,” with our special guest Sikivu Hutchinson, an American feminist, novelist, playwright and director, as our guest.

Welcome Aaron Ridings, PFLAG National's New Executive Vice President

We're proud to welcome Aaron Ridings as PFLAG National's new Executive Vice President. A respected nonprofit executive, Aaron, who is Two Spirit and uses the pronouns he and they, is the first person to serve in this role.

As Executive Vice President, Aaron will lead and oversee PFLAG National’s programmatic work and operations, guiding teams of professionals across several departments to strengthen the PFLAG Chapter Network, to enhance the organization’s learning and inclusion efforts, and to deepen and expand PFLAG National’s advocacy efforts in support of LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.

GLAAD Media Awards Nomination

We're #PFLAGProud to have partnered with our friends at The Kelly Clarkson Show on this groundbreaking, trans-centered episode featuring PFLAG family, Jeff and Harleigh Walker! Congratulations to Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Laverne Cox, and everyone at The Kelly Clarkson Show, including producer Caragh Donley, who shared her own coming-out journey in the final segment of the episode.

And a big PFLAG National thank you to Kelly Clarkson for her continued allyship in support of our trans loved ones. 

Watch the PFLAG segment of this episode on YouTube! 

Next Goal Wins

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok), Next Goal Wins is a hilarious and heartwarming feel-good underdog comedy based on a true story. It follows the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0. With the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team around.

Director Waikiki cast Kaimana to portray Jaiyah Saelua, the first non-binary player to compete in a men’s FIFA World Cup qualifier. Kaimana makes their acting debut in the film, and identifies as fa’afafine, a third gender in Samoan culture and often referred to as transgender or non-binary. While early on in the film there are some challenging moments around trans identity (including a moment of deadnaming), ultimately the film uplifts the character and the team and coach's journeys in trans allyship.

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