• Frances Goldin has been holding the same 'I Adore My Lesbian Daughters - Keep Them Safe' sign at NYC Pride since 1971. (Gina Kaysen (L) / The Dustry Rebel via Facebook (R))Source: Gina Kaysen (L) / The Dustry Rebel via Facebook (R)
Frances Goldin, a 93-year-old mother of two lesbian women, has been carrying the same 'I Adore My Lesbian Daughters' sign at NYC Pride since 1971.
Chloe Sargeant

26 Jun 2017 - 12:14 PM  UPDATED 26 Jun 2017 - 12:14 PM

A 93-year-old woman has been carrying the same sign at New York City Pride marches for almost 50 years now. 

New York City literary agent Frances Goldin has carried a sign saying 'I Adore My Lesbian Daughters - Keep Them Safe' at the annual NYC Pride march since 1971. 

Her daughters, Sally and Reeni, came out to their parents shortly after New York's first-ever Pride march in 1970.

They are now 71 and 69 years of age, and Frances says she has been at every single Pride parade since (aside from just one year, when she was in hospital after a heart attack). 

Goldin told CNN that the sign has always invoked very emotional responses from the many queer people who have seen it over the years: ""I didn't know what magic was in that sign, but when I took it to the parade I was overwhelmed with gays and lesbians who ran to me, who kissed me, who asked me to call their mother, call their father."

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Sally told BuzzFeed a similar story, saying LGBTQI+ people who had been rejected by their families would run up to Frances and ask her to be their adopted mother: "Everybody would come running up to her and cry, kiss her, and say, ‘Would you call my mother?’ or ‘Would you be my mother?’."

Sally also said that Frances would make friends at the marches, "adopting" queer people whose parents did not approve of their sexuality. Frances told CNN she has contacted the parents of every LGBTQI+ person who has asked her to. 

Normally, Goldin has her same spot marked out for the parade, on the corner of 18th Street and Fifth Avenue. However, this year, Goldin and her iconic, well-known sign were actually a part of the NYC Pride parade. 


She and her daughter Reeni was on the lead float of the parade:

Title image credit: Gina Kaysen (L) and The Dusty Rebel on Facebook (R). 

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