2015-08-12 / Political Page

Support For Renaming Post Office After LGBT Advocates


At a press conference in May, Rep. Joe Crowley was joined by state Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Councilman Daniel Dromm, Assemblyman Francisco Moya and advocates to announce his legislation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford. At a press conference in May, Rep. Joe Crowley was joined by state Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Councilman Daniel Dromm, Assemblyman Francisco Moya and advocates to announce his legislation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford. Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, announced recently that he has secured support from all 27 members of New York’s Congressional delegation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of late Queens residents and equal rights advocates Jeanne and Jules Manford. Crowley introduced his legislation honoring the Manfords for their work in advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in May. Securing the delegation’s support is a crucial step toward bringing the bill up for consideration in the US House of Representatives.

“With the support of the entire New York Congressional delegation, I know the dream of honoring Jeanne and Jules Manford can soon become a reality,” said Crowley. “Jeanne and Jules were instrumental in the fight for equal rights, and their incredible legacy can be felt throughout Queens, New York, and the entire country. It is only fitting that we name the post office that sits along the route of the Queens Pride Parade in their honor, and I thank my colleagues for lending their names to this important effort.”

Jeanne and Jules Manford formed Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) after their openly gay son Morty was beaten for protesting the lack of news coverage of the gay rights movement in 1972. The mission behind PFLAG is to promote the rights, health, and well-being of LGBT persons, as well as their families and friends. Today, the organization has expanded to include more than 350 chapters and over 200,000 members in all 50 states. It has become a positive and influential voice calling for an end to discrimination and the attainment of equality.

The Jackson Heights Post Office is located on the route of the annual Queens Pride Parade, for which Jeanne served as the first-ever grand marshal. In May 2014, Crowley announced the introduction of a House resolution honoring the life and work of Jeanne Manford, who passed away on January 8, 2013, at the age of 92.

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