PFLAG National Director of Policy to Speak about LGBT Equality Legislation & Policy

Diego Sánchez, PFLAG Executive Director  Photo: PFLAG

Diego Sánchez, National Director of Policy and former Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank
Photo: PFLAG

EAST FALMOUTH, Mass.PFLAG of Cape Cod will host Diego Sanchez, PFLAG National Director of Policy and former Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank, at its April 29th meeting. Diego will speak and answer questions about current and upcoming national and state legislation relating to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and residents.

As National Director of Policy for PFLAG, Diego ensures that PFLAG’s voice is heard regarding state and federal policy, legislation and litigation. This year, that includes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, LGBT concerns relating to the Affordable Care Act, clarification of federal tax benefits for same-sex married couples, challenges to same-sex marriage laws in many states, a challenge to the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act, REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, and two pieces of proposed legislation in Massachusetts: the Equal Access Bill and a bill to ban conversion therapy on minors.

“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 Diego.  “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.”  

“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 Diego.

PFLAG invites all community members to come hear Diego speak and ask him questions at its 7:00pm meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth, 840 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth.  PFLAG Of Cape Cod meets monthly at First Parish Church in Brewster and at the East Falmouth church to provide support, education and advocacy to, and on behalf of, LGBT individuals and their families and friends.

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A 23-year Massachusetts resident, Diego, 57, was previously Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank. Diego made history with that appointment being the first openly transgender person to work as a legislative staff member on Capitol Hill. He was named Best Congressional Staffer and Capitol Champion in 2012 and to the Out 100 and Trans 100 in 2013.

Prior to moving to DC, Diego spent five years as Director of External Affairs at AIDS Action Committee of MA, and AIDS Action Council, DC, after directing JRI Health’s TransHealth and GLBT Healthcare Access Project and served on the CDC-mandated MA HIV Prevention Planning Group.  Before moving into nonprofit, he directed global public relations, marketing, and diversity management at world headquarters of Fortune 500 companies.

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 41st year, PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states. To learn more, visit www.pflag.org

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