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Why This 92-Year-Old Has Been Bringing the Same Sign to Pride Marches for Decades

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Frances Goldin has been marching in Pride parades for decades holding up the same sign that reads: “I Adore my Lesbian Daughters KEEP THEM SAFE.” The 92-year-old New Yorker’s sign has been shared all over social media sites, including Twitter and Tumblr.

Besides always holding the same sign, she always wore the same hat, too:

Goldin’s two daughters, Sally, 70, and Reeni, 68, say their mother has always believed “in equality and fairness and what’s right. She really puts her money where her mouth is. She works for it. That’s her life. That’s just who she is.”

Goldin’s original sign was actually a little different, as it didn’t say “KEEP THEM SAFE.” She decided to add the demand after Washington D.C.’s historical 1993 march, because she wanted to show people whose parents rejected them that they are loved:

“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.”

We need more people like Goldin who are dedicated to social justice, because it’s only through the perseverance and example of others that anything changes.


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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

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