This nice lady stopped to talk. She told me her mom was a founding member of PFLAG. They were living in the middle of Kansas when her brother came out and her mom got together with some parents in NYC she said.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays started by accident. “The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her gay son in New York’s Pride Day parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place in March 1973 at a local church. Approximately 20 people attended.”

PFLAG grew slowly. First separate chapters in NYC and LA. Kansas was one of the first Bible Belt states to have a PFLAG chapter.  I’m guessing that our friends mom started the Kansas chapter. I’d love to hear more.

I saw the start of the Gay Pride Parade Sunday. The parade stated with Veterans for Human Rights providing the color guard. Then Veterans For Peace. Then it was time for me to go help Nancy who was chalking all alone.

Their banner has a quote from George Washington, When we assumed the Soldier we did not lay aside the citizen”. We could use more presidents like him.

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