Adele Starr

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Adele Starr (February 10, 1920 - December 10, 2010) organized the Los Angeles chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in 1976. [1]


Ida Seltzer, later Adele Starr, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 10, 1920, the daughter of an accountant and a homemaker. [2]

Adele Starr, at the time a Brentwood, California mother of five, became an activist for gay rights and marriage equality in 1974 after her second son, Philip Starr, told her he was gay. [2]

Los Angeles P-FLAG, founded in 1976, received more than 7,500 letters requesting information. Every letter was answered by a member of the chapter. [2]

In 1981, members decided to launch a national organization. The first PFLAG office was established in Los Angeles under founding president Adele Starr, who remained president until 1986. [3]

She died on December 10, 2010, at 90 years old. [2]

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  1. "PFLAG National Blog". PFLAG National. 2013-03-08. Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Adele Starr dies at 90; unflagging gay-rights activist". Los Angeles Times. 2010. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. "Seattle Gay News - Page 3 - PFLAG pioneer Adele Starr dies at 90 - Friday, December 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 51". SGN. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-09.