Youth Line, the AIDS Committee of Toronto -- so many big, wonderful organizations contribute to the community and make a splash at the Pride parade, and this year one of them is passing a milestone.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is marking 40 years of support and activism
. It started in 1972, when Jeanne Manford wrote to the New York Post
after her son, Marty, was beaten at a gay activist demonstration. She declared to the world, “I have a homosexual son and I love him.” Shortly after this Manford marched with her son in the predecessor to the Pride parade in New York carrying a placard, and a movement was born.
Now PFLAG has more than 350 affiliates throughout the US and a dozen other countries, including chapters throughout Canada and the GTA. PFLAG Toronto
holds a support meeting on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm, at Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd.