Sam Thoron's rich history of dedication both to PFLAG and the GLBT community began in spring of 1990 when he became part of the steering committee for the San Francisco Chapter of the PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
Sam and his wife Julia have been married for over 45 years and have lived in San Francisco since 1964. They raised their two sons and their daughter in the city. They are proud grandparents of five. Their eldest, Ben, lives in San Diego with his wife and three sons. The second, Joe, lives in Olga, Washington, with his wife, daughter and son. Liz, the youngest, with her partner, Lisa, is a homeowner in Oakland.
In September 1992 Sam was honored with an invitation to join the PFLAG National Board as Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region. This term of board service ended in 2001. In 2002 he was asked to rejoin the National Board of Directors as National President. He served in this capacity through October 2006 and continues to serve on the National Board.
A retired general commercial insurance broker, Sam is a member of the Equality for All Statewide Campaign Committee, which was established to counter attempts to imbed anti-gay discrimination into the California State Constitution. He serves on Board of Directors of Marriage Equality USA.
Julia and Sam continue to build on their proud history of advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality, working with their deep commitment to justice and fair play for all citizens to realize the vision of PFLAG.