Today in PFLAG History

Today is an important anniversary date in PFLAG History. This post courtesy of our friends at the Metro DC chapter.

Metro DC PFLAG's Blog

April 29, 1972:

morty manford“I Am Proud Of My Gay Son”:   Frustration had been growing in New York City’s gay community over the lack of news coverage of the gay rights movement since the Stonewall rebellion nearly three years before. When journalists and politicians gathered for the Fiftieth Annual Inner Circle dinner and comedy roast at the New York Hilton, members of the Gay Activists Alliance saw a perfect opportunity for a protest. But when they entered the ballroom during the intermission to distribute leaflets and briefly take the stage, they were thrown out. A fight ensued in the hallway, where, according to several city officials who witnessed the melee, Michael Maye, president of the city’s Uniformed Firefighters Association, threw twenty-one year old Morty Manford down an escalator, then kicked and stomped him. (Despite the numerous witnesses, Maye was later acquitted of the assault.)

Manford’s parents were outraged by the…

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PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford Posthumously Awarded Presidential Citizens Medal

Earlier this morning in a ceremony at the White House, PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford was posthumously awarded the second-highest civilian honor in our country — the Presidential Citizens Medal — which recognizes individuals “whose service has had a sustained impact on others’ lives and provided inspiration for others to serve.”

The award was accepted by Jeanne Manford’s daughter, Suzanne Manford Swan, on behalf of her mother.

For the full story, visit the PFLAG National Blog.

Photos below are courtesy of PFLAG National.

Suzanne Manford Swan and President Obama

Suzanne Manford Swan and President Obama

The United States honors Jeanne Manford

The United States honors Jeanne Manford

 

To Jeanne Manford from The President of the United States

To Jeanne Manford from The President of the United States

 

PFLAG Blue Ridge joins with other PFLAG members in mourning the loss of founder Jeanne Manford

Jeanne Manford

Earlier this week, the world lost a remarkable pioneer for human rights, and the PFLAG family lost its founder. PFLAG Blue Ridge joins with other PFLAG chapters and members worldwide, and with all families, friends, and allies of LGBTQ loved ones, in mourning the loss of Jeanne Manford.

Read more about Jeanne at PFLAG National’s blog and in this tribute.

Her obituary in the New York Times.

Also, view Rachel Maddow’s emotional eulogy here.