Starr, Adele Collection on Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Span Dates: 1960-2010
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 24.1 linear feet


Correspondence, minutes, photographs, clippings, manuscripts, financial records, pamphlets, education materials, flyers, posters, audiocassettes, textiles, ephemera and a banner from Adele Starr, documenting the activities of the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. (PFLAG), and of Parents and Friends of Gays (1976-1981), the predecessor to PFLAG's Los Angeles chapter (PFLAG/LA). Starr was founder of Parents and Friends of Gays and first president of PFLAG. The bulk of the material dates from 1977 to 1996, and includes the Federation's incorporation papers; correspondence from parents and children; records of the annual international conferences; educational materials; and records of outreach activities to schools and religious communities to support, educate and advocate for the rights of gay men and lesbians.

Hist/Bio Note

The impetus for the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) began in the early 1970s, when a New York mother, Jeanne Manford, marched in the New York City gay pride parade with her gay son and a sign that read, "Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children." Following the parade, Manford began speaking to many gays and lesbians, parents and community groups, and in March 1973 organized the first meeting of New York City Parents of Gays (POG). Members of POG met with other parents throughout the country to provide support and information. Adele Starr was born as Ida Seltzer in Brooklyn, New York on February 10, 1920 and married Lawrence Starr. She had four sons and a daughter. In March 1976, Adele and Lawrence Starr launched Parents and Friends of Gays (PFG) in Los Angeles after learning of POG. PFG became the first parents' group to apply for tax-exempt non-profit status.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available at the Online Archives of California.


This collection is at the ONE Archives at University of Southern California.


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