Women’s History Month–Jeanne Manford (1920-2012)

Wine And Cheese (Doodles) brings the story of a mother who was so radical as to say out loud that she loved her Gay son.

Wine and Cheese (Doodles)

Jeanne Manford (nee Sobelson) was born in 1920 in Flushing Queens. Jeanne had three children, including son Morty, a gay activist.

In April 1972, Jeanne and her husband received word that Morty was in the hospital after being beaten and stomped as he was being led out of a political dinner where he had been handing out flyers.

Jeanne spoke out in support of her son, writing letters identifying herself as the mother of a gay activist. Jeanne stepped into activism herself with a letter to the Editor of the New York Post in April, 1972 in which she wrote:

“I have a homosexual son and I love him.”

What seems so commonplace for us now, and so natural, a mother’s public declaration of love for her child, was, in 1972, a radical act.

Manford gave radio and television interviews in support of her son and in June of that…

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