Frances Goldin is 92 years old and been attending the Gay Pride parade in New York for over 30 years, each year brandishing the same defiant and heart-warming sign.
Below is a picture of Goldin back in 1994 with her trusty sign that reads: “I adore my lesbian daughters. Keep them safe”.
The story behind Goldin’s attendance is rooted in her daughters Reeni and Sally, both of whom are gay. Frances made the original sign in the mid-80s but added the “Keep them safe” line once she heard about the national LGBT march in Washington back in 1987. Frances’ reasoning behind the sign was: “It’s a march to demand rights and the sign doesn’t demand anything; I’m just bragging about my daughters. I have to add a demand”.
O) Georgey STORY UPDATE: Projecteer Sally Goldin wrote and told us — “This is my mom and my sister! Frances Goldin (mom) and Reeni (my sister). Reeni and I are both lesbians.
This a picture of Goldin attending this year’s New York Pride Parade, sat down but present nonetheless!
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Goldin said of her dedication: “Since the beginning of the parade, I’ve been going and waving my sign. It sort of hit a nerve with people, particularly those whose parents rejected them. The response to the sign is always so great — it urges me to keep going”.
It turns out that Goldin’s crusade for civil rights doesn’t end at Pride, back in 2011, at the chipper age of 87, she participated in the Occupy Wall Street protest in a full purple get-up carrying a sign that read: “I am 87 and mad as hell”. How cool is that?
Speaking on Frances’ valiance, her daughter Reeni said: “She doesn’t dabble. She was never one to dabble in something. She’s been arrested 10 or 11 times. She was going for an even dozen, but didn’t make it. Se just hangs on. She get’s something that’s important to her she knows it’s the right thing to do.”
To learn more about this heroic woman, check out the upcoming documentary It Took 50 which explores Frances’ fight to save a portion of the Lower East Side of NYC from development in the 60s!