#PrideMonth In 1973, Jeanne Manford’s love and support for her gay son in the face of negative public sentiment about homosexuality led her to create Parents of Gays—known today as #PFLAG—to provide support for families with gay children facing adversity. Her youngest son, Morty, came out at age fifteen. While distributing pro-gay flyers at a New York gala, he was beaten. To show her support for her son, she walked with him at the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to Pride marches, with a sign urging parents to support their gay children. After an overwhelming response, she founded Parents of Gays the following year to offer support and education to families. In 2012, Manford was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal.
In the photo of above, Manford is pictured marching alongside her son Morty Manford in a 1972 gay rights parade in New York City.
Credit: PFLAG National