Beloved gay rights ally Jeanne Manford passed away in her Daly City, California home. She was 92.

Manford founded Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1972 as a response to the brutal beating of her gay son, Morty, while distributing gay rights flyers during a political gathering in New York City.

She complained about police inaction in a letter to the New York Post.

“I have a homosexual son and I love him,” she wrote.

The reaction to her speaking out led to the creation of PFLAG.

In a statement given to The Huffington Post, daughter Suzanne Swan said her mother's heath had been declining for some time.

“She is known to thousands of people as the mother of the straight ally movement, but to me – she was my mother. She was someone who would always do the right thing, the good thing. She supported all people, and that means so much to us growing up.”

Jody Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG National, called Manford “one of the fiercest fighters” in the equality movement.

“It is truly humbling to imagine in 1972 – just 40 years ago – a simple schoolteacher started this movement of family and ally support, without benefit of any of the technology that today makes a grassroots movement so easy to organize,” Huckaby said in a statement. “All of us – people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allies alike – owe Jeanne our gratitude. We are all beneficiaries of her courage. Jeanne Manford proved the power of a single person to transform the world. She paved the way for us to speak out for what is right, uniting the unique parent, family and ally voice with the voice of LGBT people everywhere.”

President Barack Obama has publicly mentioned Manford no less than four times. In 2009, he told a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) audience that Manford and her husband Jules were part of the fabric of America.

“Soon after the protests at Stonewall 40 years ago, the phone rang in the home of a soft-spoken elementary school teacher named Jeanne Manford,” Obama said. “It was 1:00 in the morning, and it was the police. Now, her son, Morty, had been at the Stonewall the night of the raids. Ever since, he had felt within him a new sense of purpose. So when the officer told Jeanne that her son had been arrested, which was happening often to gay protesters, she was not entirely caught off guard. And then the officer added one more thing, 'And you know, he's homosexual.' (Laughter.) Well, that police officer sure was surprised when Jeanne responded, 'Yes, I know. Why are you bothering him?'”
“And not long after, Jeanne would be marching side-by-side with her son through the streets of New York. She carried a sign that stated her support. People cheered. Young men and women ran up to her, kissed her, and asked her to talk to their parents. And this gave Jeanne and Morty an idea.”
“And so, after that march on the anniversary of the Stonewall protests, amidst the violence and the vitriol of a difficult time for our nation, Jeanne and her husband Jules – two parents who loved their son deeply – formed a group to support other parents and, in turn, to support their children, as well. At the first meeting Jeanne held, in 1973, about 20 people showed up. But slowly, interest grew. Morty's life, tragically, was cut short by AIDS. But the cause endured. Today, the organization they founded for parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays has more than 200,000 members and supporters, and has made a difference for countless families across America. And Jeanne would later say, 'I considered myself such a traditional person. I didn't even cross the street against the light. But I wasn't going to let anybody walk over Morty.'”