Rep. Crowley announces  legislation 
honoring Jeanne Manford

This week, PFLAG National is humbled by Congressman Joseph Crowley’s efforts to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in Queens, New York, to honor Jeanne Manford. On May 19, Rep. Crowley was joined in Queens by New York State Senator Jose Peralta, Councilman Daniel Dromm, and Assemblymen Francisco Moya and Michael DenDeckker to announce Crowley’s proposed legislation.

Reported over here at the Queens Gazette, Rep. Crowley was effusive in his praise of the Manfords:

“Today, their incredible legacy is evident more than ever as their spirits live on through the countless families they touched and through our own LGBT Pride Parade which brings our family, friends and neighbors together to celebrate our diversity. Each year, as our communities march along 37th Avenue and pause at the post office to reflect on the sacrifices made, Jeanne and Jules’ names will remind us of how far we’ve come and how much we have left to accomplish in our pursuit of equality and justice.”

Reflecting on the proposed legislation, Jules and Jeanne’s daughter Suzanne Manford Swan said, “They were both born and lived their entire lives in Queens. They loved it there and loved all Queens had to offer. They would be so pleased to have this post office named after them.”

New York State Assemblyman Moya commented, “Jeanne and Jules Manford revolutionized the gay rights movement by paving the way for greater acceptance. They showed the world that the path to acceptance begins at home. I commend Congressman Joe Crowley for his foresight in choosing to recognize the trailblazing Manford family for their contributions to Queens and the gay rights movement nationwide.”

PFLAG National offers its deepest gratitude to Rep. Crowley. Be sure to contact your state representatives and ask for their support on this symbolic measure. Check back with Focus on the Field to track its progress. This is one to watch!

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