makinggayhistory: October is #LGBTHistorymonth, and all month…

makinggayhistory:

October is #LGBTHistorymonth, and all month @1010WINS AM in #NYC is bringing the voices of LGBT champions from our podcast on air. Morty Manford was a gay rights activist in New York in the 1960s and ‘70s. When he was beaten up by anti-gay bigots as police officers looked on in 1972, his mother decided to speak up. That June, Jeanne Manford marched in the gay pride parade alongside her son, holding a sign that said “Parents of gays: unite in support of our children”. That something they started was #PFlag, originally known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. @PFlagnational is now a national organization with more than 200 thousand members and supporters and 400 chapters nationwide. The Manfords have a street corner named after them in Flushing, and a post office in Jackson Heights has been named after Jeanne and her husband Jules. Morty Manford died of complications of AIDS in 1992, aged 41. Jeanne Manford died in 2013, aged 92.