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VIDEO: Remembering Jeanne Manford, Founder of PFLAG

By January 9, 2013

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Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and champion of gay rights in America died at age 92 at her home in Daly City, Calif. Manford's health had been declining for some time.

Jeanne Sobelson was born on Dec. 4, 1920 in Queens, NY. Her involvement in LGBT activism began after son Morty was beaten during a gay rights demonstration. "I have a homosexual son and I love him," Sobelson wrote to the New York Post after the incident, beginning a long and influential history of allied support of LGBT issues.

That year in 1972, Manford marched in the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, a historic moment in what was to be a long history of parent and ally involvement in gay rights protests. There, she carried a sign read: "Parents of Gays: Unite in Support Of Our Children". PFLAG (then POG or "Parents of Gays") was born the following year.

Manford will be remembered for her unwavering support of LGBT people everywhere and for launching a movement of affirmation and love for generations.

YouTuber MrBobLuck has put together a great tribute video, complete with images from the first moments of Jeanne Manford's lifelong career.
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