In 1972, as Jeanne and Jules Manford watched their local newscast, they saw their son Morton beaten during a gay protest at a New York City hotel, as police did nothing. Their anger galvanized them into action.
Jeanne wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Post saying simply, "My son is a homosexual, and I love him." The Manfords soon appeared on more than twenty talk shows, as parents in support of their gay children.
In 1972, Jeanne marched with her son in the New York City Pride Parade, carrying a sign saying, "Parents of Gays: United in support for our children." Of course, the crowd embraced her.
Within a year, she'd formed a parent support group in New York City. Her idea had blossomed into the national organization called PFLAG - Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
It's no wonder PFLAG gets the loudest applause at Pride Parades all across America.
This Rainbow Minute is read by Mary Gay Hutcherson.