PFLAG Turns 40, And Friends And Family Still Help Pave The Way For Gay Acceptance (

Some history about PFLAG and its role in moving us towards justice for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender folks:

Before the president of the United States declared that he personally supported the rights of same-sex couples to marry, there was Jeanne Manford.

In 1972, when the American Psychiatric Association still deemed homosexuality a mental illness, Manford wrote a letter to the New York Post declaring, “I have a homosexual son and I love him.”

Polls now show that a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Many gay rights experts and advocates say that a lion’s share of the credit belongs to Manford and the organization she started, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Forty years ago this June, at a time when the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had few allies and no legal protections, Manford created an arena where friends and friends could stand up in support. And nearly all progress in gay rights since then has relied in part on these allies.

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