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Starr (February 10, 1920 - December 10, 2010) organized the Los Angeles chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in 1976.
Ida Seltzer, later Adele Starr, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 10, 1920, the daughter of an accountant and a homemaker.
In 1941 she married Lawrence Starr, an accountant. In 1951 they moved to the Los Angeles area and settled in Brentwood, where Starr helped her husband establish a private accounting practice.
Adele Starr, at the time a Brentwood mother of five, became an activist for gay rights and marriage equality in 1974 after her second son, Philip Starr, told her he was gay.
Los Angeles P-FLAG, founded in 1976, received more than 7,500 letters requesting information. Every letter was answered by a member of the chapter.
In 1979, she spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at a march for gay rights — a seminal event often credited with uniting a then-nascent movement.
In 1981, members decided to launch a national organization. The first PFLAG office was established in Los Angeles under founding president Adele Starr, who remained president until 1986.
She died on December 10, 2010, at 90 years old.
- ^ cite web|url=http://blog.pflag.org/2013/03/adele-starr-pflag-los-angeles-and-pflag.html|title=PFLAG National Blog|publisher=PFLAG National|date=2013-03-08
- ^ cite journal|title=Adele Starr dies at 90; unflagging gay-rights activist|journal=Los Angeles Times|date=2010|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/12/local/la-me-adele-starr-20101212|accessdate=26 December 2017
- ^ cite web|url=http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews38_51/page3.cfm |title=Seattle Gay News - Page 3 - PFLAG pioneer Adele Starr dies at 90 - Friday, December 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 51 |publisher=SGN |date= |accessdate=2015-06-09