Mrs. Elizabeth Montgomery & Mrs. Jeanne Manford Pride Day Parade, New York City, 1974
In 1972, Morton Manford was physically attacked at a gay rights demonstration in New York. Morty’s parents, Jeanne and Jules Manford, saw the attack on a local newscast and witnessed the failure of the police to intervene. Their outrage turned them into activists.
The concept of PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her gay son in New York’s Pride Day parade. After many gay men and lesbians ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, Jeanne decided to begin a support group. Approximately 20 people attended the first formal meeting held in March 1973 at a local church.
In the next years, through word of mouth and in response to community need, similar groups sprung up around the country, offering “safe havens” and mutual support for parents with gay and lesbian children. Following the 1979 National March for Gay and Lesbian Rights, representatives from these support groups met for the first time in Washington, DC.
In 1981, members decided to launch a national organization. The first PFLAG office was established in Los Angeles under founding President Adele Starr.
Australia, for real though. Don’t donkey vote, you literally just saw what went down with the UK and the EU. Please be responsible, please vote, please look into what you’re voting for. Don’t donkey vote.
As Tumblr isn’t an Australian dominated website, I understand that you probably know more about the American election and government than your own but your country and what happens to it is just as important. Please do whats right.