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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:40 am, Thu May 8, 2014.

The Manford family, founders of the national organization Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, had 171st Street at 35th Avenue in Flushing co-named after them on Saturday.

In 1972, Jeanne Manford, who died last January, became the first parent to march in the New York City Pride March with her son.

Along with her husband, Jules, she founded a support group for parents of gays and lesbians.

Their son Morty was also a gay rights activist and founded the Gay Activists Alliance before he died of AIDS in 1992.

Members of the Manford family, front right, were joined by Councilmen Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and former Comptroller John Liu and others at the sign unveiling.

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