Jeanne and Morty Manford marching in a 1972 gay rights parade in New York City
Jeanne Manford died Tuesday in Daly City CA. She was 92. Manford was one of the heroes of the gay rights movement because she founded PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. P-Flag is now an international group, with 200,000 and 350 chapters, and has dedicated the front page of its website to Manford:
I spoke with Manford in 1997 when she was living in Rochester, Minnesota. She told me it all started for her when her gay son Morty got beat up -- as police stood by -- when he was protesting for gay rights, and she wrote an angry letter to the New York Post.
There's much more of her story, including video, over at Frontiers LA.