PFLAG National Celebrates 45 Years of Saving Lives, One Family at a Time
Hundreds of people gathered at the Mayflower Hotel on Wednesday May 9 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of PFLAG – the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, their families, and allies.
The organization celebrated 45 years of working to support and educate families and activate allies, and honored civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis (GA-5), LGBT Equality Caucus founding Co-Chairs Congressman Barney Frank (MA-4, Retired) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2) with its inaugural Champion of Justice award. The evening was hosted by PFLAG Board member Catherine Hyde, who had a personal connection with the LGBT Caucus, at the launch of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. Dow Chemical Company received Straight for Equality in the Workplace honors.
PFLAG was founded by Queens, NY schoolteacher Jeanne Manford. After her gay son, activist Morty Manford, was harassed and beaten in 1972, she marched by his side in an early precursor to NY Pride, and found herself surrounded by young LGBTQ people asking her to reach out to their parents.