Gay Rights Activist And First National President Of PFLAG Dies

From Adele Starr's LA Times obituary:

Starr "Adele Starr, a Brentwood mother of five who overcame dismay at her son's homosexuality to become a leading voice for gay rights and marriage equality, has died. She was 90. In 1976, Starr founded the Los Angeles chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a gay rights and acceptance organization known then as Parent FLAG, now as PFLAG.

In 1979, she spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at a march for gay rights — a seminal event often credited with uniting a then-nascent movement. Two years later, she became PFLAG's first national president; she served in that capacity until 1986 and remained a forceful advocate for civil rights and, in later years, for the legalization of same-sex marriage."

Current PFLAG national President Rabbi David M. Horowitz issued this statement: “May Adele’s family be comforted at this time of loss by the history she created and with the knowledge that the struggle for LGBT on a national scale began with her."


  1. E. says

    What an impressive woman–someone who really understood that to love and accept a gay son or daughter means engaging in a public and political struggle for acceptance, too. I hope she knows how much she was appreciated.

  2. jamal49 says

    May God rest the soul of this wonderful woman who created an organisation that brings in the most important weapon in our arsenal against bigotry and prejudice: our families.

    We owe a great debt to her courage and vision. Thank you Adele Starr!

  3. shannon says

    THIS is kind of person we should be putting on a pedastal on this siteZ! tis woman’s kindness and hardwork is will never be forgotten and had the lives of US and our generation a better place. Rest..

  4. Mary says

    Adele Starr’s commitment to gay people and their families was invaluable. My mom joined the PFLAG group in our area back in the 1980’s and it was a place where my mom and I could go grow. The support and education has made all the difference.

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