For over 30 years, one mother named Frances Goldin has carried the same sign at pride parades to support her daughters. Today, Goldin is 92 years old, and still carries that same sign.
"I adore my lesbian daughters," it says on her sign. "Keep them safe."
The simple, yet powerful, message, has become an essential part of the New York Pride Parade.
Goldin began attending the event after her two daughters, Sally and Reeni Goldin, came out in the 1970s. The family told BuzzFeed they're unsure of the exact year they began attending pride parades, but Goldin is adamant she has attended New York's Pride Parade "since the beginning."
Goldin's iconic sign was painted by a friend of hers who was a city planner. The original simply read, "I adore my lesbian daughters." In 1993, "Keep them safe" was added to the bottom to encourage action after the LGBTQ March in Washington. On the back, it reads, "A proud parent of lesbians."
Goldin is so committed to attending the parade, that she still goes even if her daughters are unable to. She has only missed one year after a heart attack, and at 92, she now brings her wheelchair to the event, still spreading her message all the same.
"I’m very grateful that I’m able to carry it each year," she told BuzzFeed.
Goldin has been photographed numerous times with the sign and many have told her how wonderful it is she is supportive of her daughters and the LGBTQ community.
Visibility, understanding, and support are three of the things that those in the LGBTQ community need most. Goldin and her sign are providing those things, and helping to make a difference not just to her daughters, but for everyone.
(H/T: Scary Mommy)