April 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Street to be named after PFLAG founder
Jeanne Manford, PFLAG, gay news, Washington Blade

Jeanne Manford (Photo courtesy of PFLAG)

FLUSHING, N.Y. – A New York City street on April 26 will be named in honor of the founder of PFLAG and her family.

Officials will formally name 171st Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens “Jeanne, Jules, Morty Manford PFLAG Way.”

The family lived on the block in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March – the precursor to New York’s annual LGBT Pride March. She, her husband and a handful of other parents held the first meeting of what became known as PFLAG less than a year later at a Greenwich Village church.

“The Manford family home was a safe space and shelter for many LGBT young people for 30 years, so it is a fitting tribute that the block on which it stands will be named for the family,” said PFLAG in a statement.

Jeanne Manford died at her California home in 2013. She was 92.

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