This 92-Year-Old Has Been Holding The Same Sign At Pride For Over 30 Years
Nearly every year, Frances Goldin attends New York City Pride holding a sign that reads “I adore my lesbian daughters. Keep them safe.”
This newspaper image showing a woman holding a sign that reads "I adore my lesbian daughters. Keep them safe" has been floating all around the internet for quite some time now — maybe you've seen it?
And there are a bunch of other photographs — of the same woman and the same sign — from pride celebrations over the years.
Various photos of the same woman, usually dressed in purple, and her sign have been reblogged on Tumblr thousands of times and regularly make the rounds on Twitter.
Here she is in 2015, just two days after the US Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Same sign, but now about 1,000 times more inspiring.
And here she is at the 2016 parade — same hat, same sign, same smile.
It's no surprise people love sharing this photo — it's inspiring! But what's the story behind the sign she holds seemingly each and every year?
A quick Google search brings up a 1997 Washington Post article covering the New York City Pride Parade that mentions her by name:
"I adore my lesbian daughters, keep them safe," said a sign held by 73-year-old Frances Goldin, who said society allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. She said her two daughters were marching in the parades in Portland, Ore., and San Francisco. Goldin said people had approached her with their phone numbers, asking: "Can I adopt you as my mother?"
She said she'll call them. "Difference enriches us all," she said.