On October 24, 2019, PFLAG’s June Horner was inducted into the
Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame as a shining example of a
selfless, passionate PFLAG mom par excellence. In 1984, when
June discovered her son was gay, it became a calling for her and she
has not let up for over 35 years. She started and ran the first
Baltimore PFLAG chapter that same year. June also helped to start
and run the PFLAG Columbia-Howard County chapter and the
Westminster-Carroll County chapter.
Many, many folks look to June as their mentor, mother, grandmother,
friend, ally, and inspiration. When the former president of Brother
Help Thyself was asked who his hero was, he replied: “June Horner,
one of the strongest, bravest, and most dedicated people I have ever
June served as Grand Marshall of the Baltimore Pride Parade in
2012. During the struggle for marriage equality in Maryland, June
played an active role: lobbying state legislators, making countless
phone calls, and working the polls. Once the bill was passed, June
attended the signing by then governor Martin O’Malley, and was even
photographed by the Associated Press congratulating the governor.
In 2015, June was awarded the Adele Starr award at the PFLAG
National Convention in Nashville, TN to honor her outstanding work
and contributions to PFLAG and its mission.
June has achieved so much as a PFLAG mom – acting as treasurer,
librarian, webmaster, presenter, ally, advocate, supporter,
cheerleader, promoter, and activist. Through her undying dedication
to PFLAG and her warmth, caring and unconditional love, June has
been strengthening families, saving lives, and changing hearts, minds
and laws since 1984.