Lewallen, 93, Was a Longtime Champion of Civil Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People
WASHINGTON, DC – PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – the nation’s largest grassroots-based nonprofit for parents, families, friends, and straight allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – today mourns the death of an early organization leader, Elinor Lewallen. Lewallen, President of PFLAG National in the late 1980s, was a longtime champion of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and for over 30 years remained a passionate advocate for the cause.
Ms. Lewallen was a resident of Denver, Colorado and continued to attend local PFLAG meetings long after her tenure as National President had ended. As recently as last month, she attended a meeting of PFLAG Denver, where the members there celebrated her 93rd birthday. At the event, in support of her excellent work over three decades, the Office of the Mayor of Denver proclaimed June 3, 2012 Elinor Lewallen Day.