PFLAG officials said, “She paved the way for us to speak out for what is right, uniting the unique parent, family, and ally voice with the voice of LGBT people everywhere.”
Jeanne Manford, founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and straight ally of the LGBT movement is dead at 92. Manford became active in the gay rights movement in 1972 after her son was attacked and beaten during a Gay Activist Alliance demonstration in New York City the Gay Voices section of the Huffington Post reports.
Manford’s daughter, Suzanne Swan said in an email statement,
She was someone who would always do the right thing, the good thing. She supported all people, and that meant so much to us growing up.
A private interment service will be held and details of a later celebration of Manford’s life and legacy will be announced later. The family requests that any donations be made to the Jeanne Manford Legacy Fund to support the ongoing work of PFLAG National: 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 660, Washington, D.C. 20036.
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