PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALLIED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Success in 1976: The Starrs and other supporters did not give up. They suspected, as Adele would later say, "Parents were afraid to walk into a building with the word 'gay' on the front of it." In March 1976, they tried again, this time at Adele and Larry's home. Thirty people came, the start of the PFLAG Los Angeles chapter. There are two things to note about these documents. First the excitement in the June 1976 flier—all those exclamation points. "Our membership is growing. Our program is expanding. This evening we went public. There is so much more to be done!" Second, the slide with the letterhead Parents & Friends of Gays lists most of the services PFLAG Los Angeles continues to provide: a hot line, peer counseling for LGBTQ persons and their parents, monthly meetings with speakers, and a library. The founders received death threats.
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Would I have had the courage to take this step?
What can I do now to move equality forward?