Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Founder of PFLAG Dies

The original founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Jeanne Manford, has died. She was 92 years old and passed away at home.

Manford, a schoolteacher, founded PFLAG 40 years ago after her son was beaten for being gay and police did nothing.

The first meeting with 20 people was at a Metropolitan Community Church on March 11, 1973. PFLAG now has 350 official chapters across the U.S., and 200,000 members.

"Jeanne was one of the fiercest fighters in the battle for acceptance and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is truly humbling to imagine in 1972—just 40 years ago—a simple schoolteacher started this movement of family and ally support, without benefit of any of the technology that today makes a grassroots movement so easy to organize. No Internet. No cellphones. Just a deep love for her son and a sign reading 'Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children.'" ...PFLAG's Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby

Read more at The Advocate

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