Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG, died today in her home in California. She was 92. From The Advocate: “One of Manford’s sons, the late Morty Manford, was gay. He was beaten during a Gay Activists Alliance demonstration in April 1972, and police failed to intervene. She wrote a letter to the New York Post, published April 29, 1972, in which she stated, ‘I have a homosexual son, and I love him.’ Her letter sparked a groundswell of response, and less than two months later, she joined her son at the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade. Her participation and the affirmations she received from others eventually led to the beginning of PFLAG.”
May she rest peacefully. We will never forget this kind, beautiful soul for all she did.