Parents are wonderful, especially those who stand by their children who come out as LGBT, an action that not all parents across the world choose to take. But Frances Goldin did.
Today, she’s 92 years old and she’s been holding the same sign at NYC Pride every single year for the last 30 years. It reads: “I adore my lesbian daughters. Keep them safe.”
Frances told The Huffington Post, “I keep going back because of the reaction to from the marchers. It’s so gratifying – people rushing and kissing me.”
She ‘s even helped other parents of LGBT children to be more open and accepting of their children: “Some of them say to me, ‘Will you call my mother,?’ I say, ‘Give me her number!’ And I do call their parents because there’s an organization called PFLAG for parents of gays and lesbians. And I tell them about that organization and urge them to join it because it helps them get over their reluctance.”
It’s no surprise that Frances supports her daughters or the LGBT community. She’s always been committed to social justice, which includes being arrested a few times, fighting for marginalized groups, and running under the American Labor Party for State Senate in 1951 (which as you know, wasn’t common for women at the time).
Goldin’s daughter Sally says she feels lucky to have her mom: “I feel profoundly grateful and appreciative and proud that I have the kind of support and love that so many LGBT people don’t have from their family. It is heartbreaking to see the people who run up to her and ask her ‘Will you write to my mother?’ or ‘Will you be my mother?’ She always says yes, and she really does contact parents.”
Frances leaves one message for parents with LGBT children:
“I always tell other parents that you’ll never find more giving children than gays and lesbians. And that I have the most devoted, loving, helpful, useful children in the world because I support my kids and they support me. So, please, cherish your lesbian and gay children.”