1970~79

This Chevy Chevelle Is An Intimidation On Wheels! I don’t know how do you feel about this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, but for me this is American muscle car at its finest. The Silver paint have great finish, the chrome is perfect, the stripes are correct and the intimidating A-body looks even more aggressive sitting on those old school style aftermarket rims. To back the tough look this 1970…

APRIL 29: Jeanne Mansford launches PFLAG (1972)

On this day in 1972, a letter written by a woman named Jeanne Manford appeared in the New York Post. Just two weeks before, Jeanne’s son Marty had been assaulted by the NYPD while protesting with the Gay Activists Alliance and she penned the letter in order to call out the NYPD’s violent acts of homophobia. By simply writing the words, “"I have a homosexual son and I love him,” Jeanne Manford lauched a movement that would eventually culminate in the creation of PFLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Jeanne Mansford marches in the 1975 Christopher Street Liberation Day with a sign that reads, “Mothers and Father in Support of Gays…No one is free unless we are all free” (x).

In her open letter, Jeanne writes:

“I am proud of my son, Morty Manford, and the hard work he has been doing in urging homosexuals to accept their feelings and not let the bigots and sick people take advantage of them…I hope that your [] coverage of the incident has made many of the gays who have been fearful gain courage to come out and join the bandwagon. They are working for a fair chance at employment and dignity and to become a vocal and respected minority. It is a fight for recognition such as all minority group must wage and needs support from outsiders as well as participants in the movements.” 

The publicity the letter received coupled with Jeanne’s presence at the 1972 Christopher Street Day Parade (an early incarnation of today’s Pride parades) forced the public to begin seeing gay and lesbian people in a new light; for perhaps the first time, gay and lesbian people were not an enigmatic societal problem, but real people who had mothers and fathers and who were someone’s son or daughter. In 1973, Jeanne and her husband Jules Manford organized the first PFLAG meeting where they and twenty others gathered in the basement of a church in Greenwich Village. Today, PFLAG is a nationwide organization with over 350 chapters and 20,000 members throughout the United States. We have PFLAG to thank for not only fighting to include gay and lesbian students in Title IX protections, but for also making hundreds of young lesbians feel more safe and loved! 

-LC 

View of dancer Rael Lamb performing in “Winter mass.” Handwritten on back: “Rael Lamb. Performance, "Winter mass,’ S.F. Dance Spectrum, Dec. 1977.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library