New York’s LGBT Pride march is taking place on Sunday. If you’re going, keep your eyes peeled for Frances Goldin on the corner of East 18th Street and 5th Avenue. Goldin has been attending Pride for over 30 years, carrying a sign that says, “I Adore My Lesbian Daughters/Keep Them Safe.”
Last year, BuzzFeed interviewed 92-year-old Goldin and her daughters, Reeni and Sally Goldin. Goldin attends the event even when her own daughters can’t.
“My friends, young women who she knew, they would go along with her,” Reeni explained.
They would be her daughters. People would ask, ‘Are these your daughters?’ She would say yes! They clearly weren’t, but she would make them hers.”
And Sally said, ““Everybody would come running up to her and cry, kiss her, and say, ‘Would you call my mother?’ or ‘Would you be my mother?'”
Goldin has long been an activist for other causes too. BuzzFeed reported that in 2011, at 87, Goldin participated in Occupy Wall Street. She’s also the subject of a documentary called It Took 50 Years, about her fight to save a portion of the Lower East Side in New York City from development in the 1960s.
Last year, Goldin said of NYC Pride, “… I hope to keep going for as long as I am able.” I hope so too!