Jeanne Manford, Late Founder of PFLAG, to Receive 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal

Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG who died last month at the age of 92, will be awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, in a ceremony on February 15.

ManfordSaid President Obama in a press release: "It is my distinguished honor to award these individuals the 2012 Citizens Medal for their commitment to public service. Their selflessness and courage inspire us all to look for opportunities to better serve our communities and our country."

From the White House's brief:

Manford and her husband, Jules, co-founded in 1972 a support group for parents of gay children that grew into the national organization known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).  Manford had always supported her son Morty, but was inspired to act after the police failed to intervene while Morty was beaten and hospitalized during a Gay Activists Alliance demonstration in April 1972. In the years that followed, Manford continued to march and organize, even after losing Morty to AIDS in 1992.  Today, PFLAG focuses on creating a network of support and advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  Manford passed away in early January at the age of 92.

Additional recipients of this year's award can be found here.


  1. HUH says

    From what I understand, whiny Eric, is that one has to be nominated to a panel who makes the decision.

    Regrdless, this is still a great honor for a truly wonderful person.

  2. Eric says


    Actually, I think that’s incorrect. According to Wikipedia, and other sources, the White House opens nominations, then the president’s staff reviews the nominations, then the president selects the winners. I can’t find any mention of a commission.

  3. JustTodd says

    I didn’t know that Jeanne Manford had passed on.

    It’s a good thing for her and what she did to be official recognized.

    It matters.

  4. HUH says

    Still, you have to be nominated. If somebody in the community didn’t nominate her over the years, why is that Obama’s fault? There was nothing stopping you from nominating her? You just want to whine about the president. We got it.

  5. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    Goddess of Transformative Wrath: Her Name is Outrage
    Sekhmet, the Ancient Egyptian Lionheaded Goddess
    Kali-Ma, Hidu Destroyer Goddess

    The mother who won’t take no for an answer when her child’s needs are ignored by a school system and perseveres until the situation is changed, on one example.

    MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is another.
    In the crone, third-phase of life, a woman’s concerns often go beyond her immediate family to the larger community, where there is much to be outraged about.

    When she encounters the evils of incompetence, malpractice, or abuse of power, she can become a Kali with a knife in one hand and, if successful, she’ll have the head of the malefactor of perpetrator in the other.

  6. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    The Egyptian goddess Sekhemt has the head of a lion and the body of a woman. Kali-Ma, the Hindu goddess, has frightful inhuman face and a many-armed woman’s body. I include them as crone archetypes because they come into this phase of women’s lives.

    Gloria Steinem has frequently observed that women become more radical as they get older. Men are likely to be radicals in their youth, and upholders of conservatism late in life. In their personal lives and political thinking, crones appear radical when they act upon what they know and feel. In the political sphere , they may look around at how men are running things and become outraged at the tolerance evil or the indifference of suffering.

    With wisdom, the goddesses of transformative wrath are not unleashed n outbursts of rage, nor acted upon impulsively. With wisdom, anger is channeled into a commitment to bring about change, and a determination to find the best way. With wisdom, blame and shame do not immobilize or divert a woman from facing the truth or being angry. And when wise strategy and outrage come together, an older woman is transformed into a formidable crone.

  7. says

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