PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALLIED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
This is a photograph of Larry Starr, husband of Adele, and co-founder of PFLAG Los Angeles. An accountant by profession, he was a practical, grounded anchor to fiery Adele—and just as committed to the cause of LGBTQ equality as she was. In 1977, on CBS's famous news show Sixty Minutes, a segment called "Point Counterpoint" took up the topic of homosexuality. James J. Kilpatrick, a well-known conservative commentator and ardent segregationist, vilified LGBTQ persons, painting a false and inflammatory picture of their lives. Larry Starr fired off a letter to Kilpatrick criticizing the commentator's ignorant and sensationalized portrayal. Larry emphasized how normal his family was—a long (thirty-five years at the time) happy marriage, five happy, healthy children, a graduate degree, and an upper middle class life—hardly a threat to the morality of the country that Kilpatrick had claimed.
Would I have had the courage to take this step?
What can I do now to move equality forward?