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Farewell and thank you, Adele Starr

Timothy Kincaid

December 12th, 2010

Adele Starr, one of the founders and the first president of PFLAG, died in her sleep on Friday. She made a difference with her life. (LA Times)

In 1976, Starr founded the Los Angeles chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a gay rights and acceptance organization known then as Parent FLAG, now as PFLAG.

In 1979, she spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at a march for gay rights — a seminal event often credited with uniting a then-nascent movement.

Two years later, she became PFLAG’s first national president; she served in that capacity until 1986 and remained a forceful advocate for civil rights and, in later years, for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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Rob San Diego
December 12th, 2010 | LINK

Thanks for our your help in helping our community when it comes to helping out our gay youth and their parents and friends. My Mom never attended a meeting with me when I was young and came out, however I did attend a meeting with my first gay friend and his Mom.

Rossi
December 12th, 2010 | LINK

I hope this woman is properly recognized and remembered by the young gay community for time immemorial.

Regan DuCasse
December 14th, 2010 | LINK

Hear! Hear!
She started something brilliant and one of the most wonderful family advocate groups EVER.

RIP Ms. Starr, thousands of families are whole and happy because of your advocacy.

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