A Mother First and Gay Rights Activist Second

The story of Jeanne Manford and the baton she passed to me

MaryRose Denton
Aug 17, 2020 · 5 min read
Jeanne Manford and son Morty marching in 1972 NYC Pride parade.
Photo with permission, c. PFLAG National, All Rights Reserved

sit at the far end of the semi-circle of tables and chairs. We are gathered in a small meeting room at the back of a pizzeria. The room doubles as a space for both group gatherings and birthday party bashes. As I take my seat, I smell the faint waft of red marina sauce mixed with…