Jeanne Manford proved to the world that one person can change the world. In 1972, she founded PFLAG (Parents Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) after her son was attacked at a Gay Rights demonstration, simply stating, “I have a homosexual son and I love him”.
PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby paid tribute to Manford:
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 has been a critical force within families learning to accept LGBT youth by connecting them with other families also doing their best to love and accept theirs.
We lost a real pioneer and hero whose contribution to the movement cannot be overstated. RIP Jeanne Manford.