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PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford Honored in Plaque on NYC Church Where Organization Was Born


PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford, who died in January at 92, and founded Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1972, has been honored in a plaque that will be affixed later this year to the Greenwich Village church where the organization was born.

Pflag-ceremonySaid Andrew Berman, the Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, at a ceremony at the Church of the Village (then Duane United Methodist Church) yesterday:

One of many great points of pride that I take in celebrating the history of Greenwich Village is the incredibly important role that it played in providing a safe, open, and nurturing environment for LGBT people, especially when too few such places existed.  It is no coincidence that Jeanne, and other brave and loving parents, found themselves in this church, in this community, forty years ago, seeking to change the fundamental way in which we saw our families and our society.

It is thus with great pride that I would like to unveil today the bronze historic plaque marker which will be placed on the exterior of this wonderful church to mark the beginning, forty years ago, of PFLAG, by Jeanne Manford.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler and City Councilmember Danny Dromm were among the elected officials who attended yesterday's unveiling.

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  1. Ok, this made me tear up. Big time. Thank you , Jeanne. You have saved countless lives, and helped put so many families back together.

    To anyone whose family is still struggling with the whole coming out process (as it is indeed a process for the whole family) - PFLAG can truly help.

    The best way for families to understand what it means to have an LGBT family member is to go through it all with others who are currently going though the same thing they are, with the guidance and support of those who've already done.

    The heart sings.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 4, 2013 10:33:13 AM

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