the fallen

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)