Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Adele Starr of Nationally Renowned PLAG Dies at 90

Have you ever heard of Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays? If you have not, perhaps you know it by its present name: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays  (PFLAG). It is an organization founded in 1974 by Jeanne and Jules Manford. The organization has grown since then to over 200,000 members who fight for the rights and civil protections of the LGBT community. Sadly, on Friday December 10th, 2010, PLAG lost one of its most endearing and well known members, Ms. Adele Starr. Ms Starr died in her sleep at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, after undergoing surgery.  She was the first elected PLFAG President. I could not in all fairness and reverence not write a post to a woman who overcame her own feelings in learning to deal with her son being gay and went on to become such a pivotal figure in the gay and lesbian community.

Not only has PFLAG been endorsed by many of us in main street America, but by many politicians and celebrities as well. Among those are, Dustin Black, Cyndi Lauper, Donna Mills, and Jane Lynch. President Barack Obama is also among them, as can be seen in the following video:

Ms. Starr's love for her son has no doubt changed (and will continue to change) the lives of so many young people who are seen as second class citizens. Her work has not only lead to the ever growing exchange and dialogue regarding gays and lesbians, but also to the expansion of acceptance and hope for the many young LGBT teenagers in our community.  Adele Starr was the proud mother of 5 children. When asked why she had such a heartfelt commitment to PFLAG she replied:
We did it out of love and anger and a sense of injustice, and because we had to tell the world the truth about our children
She and her love for the LGBT community will be sorely missed.


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