CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 the House will consider H.R. 2607, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7802 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, New York, as the “Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building”. The bill was introduced on June 2, 2015, by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on May 17, 2016.
H.R. 2607 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7802 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, New York, as the “Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building.”
Jeanne and Jules Manford were prominent LGBT activists who predominantly worked in Queens, New York. After her son was beaten for protesting against gay news coverage, Jeanne Manford spoke out against police brutality against gays. She was known for comforting, protecting, and supporting bereft gay men and lesbian women who were struggling with their identities and social castigation. While these young men and women visited the Manford home, often Dr. Jules Manford, a dentist, would complete a checkup on their teeth free of charge.
In 1973, the Manfords created the “Parents of Gays” group, which quickly became a national group that spoke out on behalf of gay allies. They spoke out for their cause openly through television, newspaper, and radio interviews. This group eventually became the “Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays” (“PFLAG”). This group now has 350 chapter and helps organize similar groups around the world.
In addition to standing up for gays across the world, Ms. Manford was also was a teacher who taught 5th grade, 6th grade, and mathematics at Public 32 in Queens, New York. The Manfords are considered by many to be heroes in the creation of the LGBT community.
According to the bill’s sponsor, “As the proud mother of a gay son, Jeanne Manford opened the doors that led to great progress on LGBT equality over the past few decades, Jeanne’s unconditional love helped change the hearts and minds of so many people in Queens and throughout the City of New York. She leaves behind an incredible legacy of courage and humanity and today, we live in a more just society because of her work.”
 See “Jeanne Manford, 92, Who Stood Up for Her Gay Son, Inspiring Others, Dies.” New York Times. January 10, 2013.
 See “Crowley Recognizes Late LGBT Rights Advocate and Queens Resident Jeanne Manford as National Hero.”
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