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    Group announces Joan Parker Ferocious Love Fund

    Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/file 2011

    One of Boston’s largest civil rights organizations is honoring late philanthropist and writer Joan Parker by launching a new fund in her name. Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People) is launching The Joan Parker Ferocious Love Fund in memory of Parker, who passed away last June at 80. Parker (above) was the widow of legendary mystery writer Robert B. Parker, who died in 2010, and mother of David and Daniel. Joan Parker became a champion of PFLAG partly in support of her sons, both of whom are gay. A statement from Greater Boston PFLAG quotes Parker on youth gender bias as saying “stop the bullying and simply love your children.” The organization established the Ferocious Love Fund to “celebrate Joan’s passionate commitment to the LGBT community and to turn up the volume on her once vibrant voice urging love and acceptance.” The announcement of the fund coincides with Greater Boston PFLAG’s annual “Pride and Passion” gala at the Seaport World Trade Center, scheduled for April 3. The event’s cochairs are Holly Safford, Sarah C. Libbey, and Stanley N. Griffith.