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Adele Starr, The PFLAG President Who Convinced Parents Nobody Is To Blame For Kids Being Gay, Is Dead

Adele Starr (nee Ida Seltzer), who in 1976 started the Los Angeles chapter of what would become PFLAG, after coming to terms with her son Philip Starr’s sexuality, died in her sleep Friday. She was 90. Starr served as PFLAG’s first president beginning in 1981, and delivered the rousing 1979 speech on Capitol Hill demanding equal protections for gays. The mother of five (including four sons)

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  • Ronbo


    We are better, much better, for having you.


  • Adam

    I’m so thankful people like her exist in the world.

  • divkid

    ma’am, thank you. i would wish you to know that history will vindicate your brave pioneering efforts for a kinder more tolerant world; and history will adjudge your kind as the true inheritors and propagators of the christian message of love. you left the world a better place because you opened your heart.

  • Sug Night

    Thank you, Adele Starr.

  • samthor

    wow. sad. she was a great woman.

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