“I am really looking forward to working with the trustees and volunteers on our shared aim of legal and social equality for all”
BY CHARLOTTE GRIMWADE
FFLAG has appointed Bobbi Pickard as its newest patron. The charity supports parents, families and their LGBTQI members, providing information and points of contact between parents and local volunteers.
Pickard is the founder of Trans in the City, a partnership of corporations and organisations working together to promote the inclusion of transgender and non-binary people in the business world.
Pickard stated “I have so much love and respect for FFLAG and its amazing members. I know few organisations with such inspirational, lovely and dedicated people so I am absolutely delighted. I am really looking forward to working with the trustees and volunteers on our shared aim of legal and social equality for all and providing support for families with LGBT+ family members.”
FFLAG was founded almost 30 years ago, offering both helpline and email support alongside online resources and local parent groups. When contacting FFLAG, parents looking for support will speak to another parent who may be in a similar situation.
Pickard will join existing patrons Baron Cashman of Limehouse CBE, Angela Mason CBE, Baroness Massey of Darwen, Sir Ian McKellen CBE, Prof. Ian Rivers, Deidre Sanders and Peter Tatchell.
Pickard won a Stonewall Changemaker of the Year award for her crucial work for Trans in the City’s campaign Trans Rights are Human Rights, which united 250 major employers and organisations in a public expression of support for trans people.
Vice Chair of FFLAG, Sarah Furley, commented, “Family understanding, acceptance and support are crucial for LGBT+ children if they are to fulfil their potential and live authentic and happy lives. Bobbi’s involvement will help FFLAG extend the reach of our support for families with LGBT+ members across the UK and beyond, particularly to parents seeking to support trans children. Her name alone will help us to reach families who need our support and, indeed, to recruit parent volunteers willing to share their experiences with other parents setting out on the road to understanding and acceptance.”
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