Jeanne Manford Founder of PFLAG Has Died

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Founder of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Jeanne Manford, 92, passed away Tuesday. Manford was a huge advocate and fighter for the equality and acceptance of the LGBT community. Her journey of becoming the mother of the straight ally movement began when her son was beaten at a Gay Activist Alliance Demonstration in 1972. This brutal attack got Manford to write a letter to the New York Post expressing her feelings about her son, Morty. Touched by his mom’s support, Morty invited her to the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade where she held a sign that read “Parents of gays: United in Support of Our Children.” It moved people who attended the parade so much that participants asked her to speak to their own parents. This simple act of support for her son started a trend leading other parents to support their children in parades and formed POG, Parents of Gays, now known as PFLAG. Today there are over 350 chapters across the US and 200,000 members and supporters.

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