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My Story

Thank you for visiting Jeanne Manford's tribute site.

Jeanne Manford passed away on January 8, 2013, but her legacy lives on with each act of changing hearts and minds about full equality and acceptance of people who are LGBT.

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In 1972 America was a different place...

Being gay was a crime, over half of the U.S. population deemed homosexuality morally wrong, vicious attacks on gay people were commonplace, and the idea of equality for gays and lesbians was a radical notion. But this didn’t stop Queens, New York schoolteacher Jeanne Manford from ensuring that her gay son, Morty, received the same treatment as her straight daughter, Suzanne.

Following a brutal attack on his life at a rally, Manford stood alongside her son in a protest through the streets of Manhattan, carrying a sign that read “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children.” Begged by observers to speak to other parents, she started support groups teaching parents to accept and support their LGBT loved ones and become, like her, brave advocates for equality. As demand steadily increased, Manford founded PFLAG, a national organization with a mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Today, PFLAG chapters can be found in all fifty states, in communities big and small, with over 350 chapters serving thousands of people with volunteer support, education outreach, and a call to advocate at local,state and federal levels for equality for their LGBT loved ones. Manford’s simple act of love and courage for her son has given voice to a population and their families, empowering them to come out and speak out for family values for all families.

In America’s civil rights history, Manford is the mother of the straight ally movement, creating a space for straight people to unite with LGBT people and take a public stand for LGBT equality.


Liz Owen posted a new journal entry, "Nearly one year since Jeanne's passing...".

And what a year it has been! From Jeanne being honored posthumously with the Presidential Citizen's medal to a beautiful memorial plaque placed in her honor at the site ... Read more

Jim Best signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

A weekly telephone conversation with my mother:Tonight I described the feelings I had after seeing so many positive responses from the viewers at the Floyd Christmas ... Read more

Jim Best signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

A weekly telephone conversation with my mother:Tonight I described the feelings I had after seeing so many positive responses from the viewers at the Floyd Christmas ... Read more

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Mark Carlson signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

Dear  Mrs. Manford, I just learned of your story when it was featured on the Rachel Madow show. They showed a clip of you on the Today show years ago and then one of ... Read more

Phil Hicks signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

Ms Manford, I wanted to write and wish you the best. I know by now you recognize what an amazing inspiration you've been to hundreds of thousands of individuals. You ... Read more

Edie Frederick signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

Thank you, Jeanne, for planting the seed of PFLAG, our safe place of support for all ages. My husband came out as a gay man after retirement from teaching. Now he is ... Read more

Lynne Lefebvre signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

I am happy to be able to write and thank you for starting anorganization that has changed my life!Twelve years ago when our son came out, I was lost.  I lovedmy son ... Read more

Sheila Lopez-Aguirre signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

Thank you Ms. Manford for having the courage to stand up for your son! You are my hero.  It's because of you that my family and many more are able to support their ... Read more

Marsha Beyer Lind signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

Dear Ms. Manford, I am a PFLAG mom because of you.  Thank you for blazing a trail that is now paved for those of us who continue to follow in your footsteps.  Happy ... Read more

Josh Penning signed Jeanne's Guestbook.

Jeanne- First off I would like to say Happy Birthday.  I hope you are having a great and prosperous day celebrating your caring, loving, compassionate, couragous soul.  ... Read more

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