Friend, Can you believe PFLAG has been around for 50 years, and PFLAG San Diego County for 40?
Fifty years ago, Jeanne Manford learned her gay son was hospitalized because a city official had assaulted him, and she decided that enough was enough. She wrote a letter to her local newspaper on April 29, 1972 and, less than a year after that letter printed, she founded the organization that we know today as PFLAG. If you’ve never seen Jeanne’s original letter, you can find a digital version here, direct from the New York Public Library archives.
Today, as powerful people assault the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ youth—transgender and queer youth, in particular—we ask you to Lead Like Jeanne, and lead with love, with your own letter to the editor in a local paper. Take this action today: This template offers a draft letter to the editor, which can be used by chapter leaders and members to send to the local press. (We encourage you to send lots of letters!)
Look for details about a PFLAG San Diego County 40th anniversary celebration sometime in the fall. In the meantime, there are plenty of opportunities in this month’s newsletter to keep you active!