- Larry Kramer - co-founder of "Act Up,"
a homosexual/AIDS activist organization; co-founder of the Gay Men's Health
- Alan Klein - co-founder of group ACT UP, co-founder
of group Queer Nation, National Communications Director and chief spokesperson
for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD]. Klein also
co-founded the successful multimedia campaign <http://stopdrlaura.com/>STOPDRLAURA.COM
- Arnie Kantrowitz - co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD].
- Jonathan D. Katz - founded and chairs the Harvey
Milk Institute, the largest queer studies institute in the world. A long
time queer political activist, was a co-founder of Queer Nation, [the key
San Francisco branch].
- Harvey Fierstein - film actor [Mrs. Doubtfire];
well-known gay activist.
- Moisés Kaufman - playwright and film director
[The Laramie Project].
- Israel Fishman - founder of the Gay Liberation Caucus
in 1970 [now known as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round
Table of the American Library Association], the world's first gay professional
- Bella Abzug and Edward Koch - both Jewish
- the first members of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce legislation
banning discrimination based on sexual orientation .
- Winnie Stachelberg - political director, Human Rights
- Michael S. Aronowitz, The New York Log Cabin Republicans.
- Tony Kushner - gay activist; Tony and 1993 Pulitzer
Prize-winning playwright [for Angels in America, 1992].
- Len Hirsch - president of the GLBT federal government
employees group, GLOBE.
- Meg Moritz, Ph.D. - a Director and member of the Executive
Committee of GLAAD.
- Barbara Raab - an NBC-TV producer; a "Jewish
lesbian feminist journalist, writer."
- Charles Kaiser [?] - author & founding member
of National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association [NLGJA].
- David Goodstein - owner/publisher of the gay magazine
The Advocate [1975-1985]; co-founder of the National Gay Rights Lobby.
- Judy Wieder - Editor-in-chief, The Advocate gay
- Alison Bechdel [?] - cartoonist creator and author
of the bi-weekly comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For."
- Kevin Koffler - Editor-in-chief, Genre gay magazine.
- Garrett Glaser - National Lesbian and Gay Journalists
Association [NLGJA] national board member.
- Ronald Gold - reporter for Variety; a leader in
the fight to overturn the American Psychiatric Association's policy that
homosexuality is an illness.
- Magnus Hirschfeld [d. 1935], early gay rights activist
in Germany; founded one of the first gay rights organizations, the Scientific
Humanitarian Committee; coined the term "transvestism"; fled
- Fred Hochberg - deputy administrator, U.S. Small
Business Administration; co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign [HRC].
- Michael Berman - member, Human Rights Campaign Board
of Directors. Mitchell Gold - HRC Board Marty Lieberman -
HRC Board Andy Linsky - HRC Board Dana Perlman - HRC
BoardAbby Rubenfeld - HRC Board Andrew Tobias - HRC Board Lara
Schwartz - Senior Counsel, HRC Heather Wellman - HRC Field
Coordinator Dan Furmansky - HRC Senior Field Organizer, West Sally
Green - HRC Associate Field Director
- Rick Rosendall [?] - President, Gay & Lesbian
Activists Alliance of Washington, DC.
- Barney Frank - member of U.S. Congress; helped create
non-discriminatory employment policies in all U.S. federal agencies
- Kerry Lobel - executive director of the National
Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
- Robin Margolis, American coordinator of the Bi Women's
Cultural Alliance and author [Bisexuality: A Practical Guide].
- Evan Wolfson, Senior Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Defense
and Education Fund - and - the executive director of Freedom to Marry.
- Jennifer Einhorn - Communications Director, Gay
& Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD] Nancy Alpert [?]
- Treasurer, GLAAD Judy Gluckstern - Board of Directors, GLAAD. Stephen
M. Jacoby - Board of Directors, GLAAD. Matt Riklin - Board,
GLAAD Carol Rosenfeld - Board, GLAAD. William Weinberger -
Board, GLAAD Tanya Wexler - Board, GLAAD. David Huebner -
- Richard Goldstein - Village Voice writer on gay
culture and politics
- Ron Schlittler - Director of Field & Policy,
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays [PFLAG].
- Craig Ziskin - Deputy Director of Development, PFLAG.
- Debra Weill - Senior Field & Policy Coordinator,
- Dody Goldstein - Board of Directors, PFLAG.
- David Horowitz - Board of Directors, PFLAG.
- Shawn Frank - Board of Directors, PFLAG.
- Leon Weinstein - Chair, Nominating Committee, PFLAG.
- Kate Kendell [?], National Center for Lesbian Rights.
- Gayle Rubin - lesbian author/activist.
- Hilary Rosen - a founding member of the Gay and
Lesbian Victory Fund; former board co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign.
- Roz Richter, American attorney and activist.
- Bob Kunst - long-time activist in gay and Jewish
- "Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network"
[GLSEN]. Board co-chairs: Marty Seldman, president
- "National Gay & Lesbian Task Force" [NGLTF].
Board co-chairs: ..... Rachel Rosen in Santa Fe, N.M Dave
Fleischer - Director of Training [political training], NGLTF. Craig
Hoffman - Board of Directors, NGLTF. Beth Zemsky - Board,
NGLTF. Marsha C. Botzer - Treasurer, NGLTF. Jeff Levi -
first, Levi was NGTF's lobbyist, early 1980s [NGTF became NGLTF in 1985].
Later, he was NGLTF executive director.
- Bill Rubenstein, J.D. '86, developed the ACLU Lesbian
and Gay Rights Project
- Martin Duberman - author/historian; founded the
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York.
- Ben Schatz '81, J.D. '85, is executive director
of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Foundation.
- Kevin Schaub, American; Executive Director and Dean of
the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco, the world's largest center
for queer studies.
- Sarah Schulman [1958- ], American playwright, novelist,
and activist [one of the founders of the Lesbian Avengers, a direct-action
lesbian rights organization].
- Susan Spielman - principal/head of Common Ground,
an education/consulting firm specializing in workplace sexual orientation
education; her company has worked with hundreds of U.S. organizations,
helping them to implement domestic partner benefits plans; co-author of
the book Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace.
- Gertrude Stein - wrote the first openly lesbian
novel, "Q.E.D.," in 1903, but it was only published posthumously
- Rikki Streicher (1925-1994), American activist and
- Michael Goff - founded Out magazine in 1992.
- Paulette Goodman - founder of local chapter [Washington
D.C.] of PFLAG and served as President of the National PFLAG organization
- Jeffrey Newman, American, president and COO of the Gay
Financial Network; president and CEO of <http://out.com/>out.com.
- Jim Levin - New York gay historian.
- Barrett Brick - GLAA [Gay and Lesbian Activists
- Robin Tyler - American comedian [born Arlene Chernick]
who was the first openly gay comic in North America; Tyler is also an activist
who was the stage producer for the first three gay marches on Washington
and the national protest coordinator for the "Stop Dr. Laura"
campaign; she produces women's comedy and music festivals, and operates
a lesbian travel-tour company.
- Dr. Bruce Voeller [1935?-1994] [?] American
gay rights activist, molecular biologist, physiologist, and AIDS researcher
(pioneer in the use of nonoxynol-9 as a spermicide); cofounder and first
executive director of the National Gay Task Force; creator of the Mariposa
Foundation [an AIDS prevention research organization].
- Mark Elderkin [?] - co-founded <http://gay.com/>Gay.com.
- Leroy Aarons - American professor, journalist, and
founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association (1990).
- Dr. Donald I. Abrams - American physician,
HIV expert, medical marijuana researcher, and past president of the Gay
and Lesbian Medical Association.
- Johnny Abush (1952-2000) - [Canadian]; archivist
of the International Jewish GBLT Archives.
- Roberta Achtenberg [1950- ]; civil rights lawyer
and federal official; appointed as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing
and Equal Opportunity by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
- Miriam Ben-Shalom [1948- ], American Army Reserves
drill sergeant and gay activist; in 1986 she won a ten-year legal battle
with the Reserves when a court ordered her reinstatement; founder of the
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Veterans Association [GLBVA] in 1990, serving
as its first president.
- Larry Brinkin, American gay activist who brought the
first domestic partnership lawsuit [against Southern Pacific Railroad,
- Rob Eichberg, American psychologist, co-creator of National
Coming Out Day [October 11th].
- Scott Evertz, American; in April 2001, President Bush
appointed him to serve as the Director of the White House Office of National
AIDS Policy [ONAP].
- Gene Falk [?, Jewish name], American business executive;
Senior Vice President of the Showtime Digital Media Group; part of the
team that launched and marketed the U.S. TV series Queer as Folk; Chair
of the Board of Directors of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
- Surina Kahn - American lesbian activist.
- Larry Kessler - founding director in 1983 of the
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, the largest AIDS support organization
in New England.
- Kathy Levinson - American investor and philanthropist;
serves on the board of PlanetOut; also on NGLTF Board of Directors.
- Judith Light - actress, activist for gay causes.
- David Mixner - gay activist, political consultant;
co-founder of the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles [MECLA],
a group of wealthy gays and lesbians who became influential in local politics;
president Bill Clinton's Special Liaison to the Gay-Lesbian Community.
- Dan Savage - American author of gay-themed books
[The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant;
Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness
in America] and gay-themed- sex-advice columnist [Savage Love].
- Susan Schuman, American executive vice-president
and general manager of the Planet Out gay and lesbian online service.
- Scott Seomin, American entertainment media coordinator
for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD].
- Jason Serinus [Jay Guy Nassberg] - founder and coordinator
of the Lavender Healing Network; a former gay activist with the New York
chapter of the Gay Liberation Front.
- David Sine [?] - American CEO of C1TV, the first
U.S. gay and lesbian cable TV network.
- Rex Wockner - longtime gay, American journalist
who has reported news for the gay press since 1985.
- Jack Fritscher - became Editor in Chief of Drummer
gay magazine .
- Leslie Feinberg [1949- ], American trade unionist,
transgender activist and author [Transgender Warriors: Making History from
Joan of Arc to RuPaul].
- Allan Ginsburg - late Jewish poet and leading member
of North American Man Boy Love Association
- Ahmadinejad - West Media 'Weapon Of Subterfuge'
- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the Islamic
Radio and TV Union Assembly
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says corporate
media has turned into a weapon of subterfuge, with the sole aim of advancing
the West's political agenda.
- In a Saturday address to the Islamic Radio and TV Union
Assembly, Ahmadinejad cited random examples of political bias in US and
European media outlets.
- As a first example of biased reporting in the West, Ahmadinejad
pointed to the scant media coverage of Israel's three-week attack on Gaza,
which killed over 1500 Palestinians mostly women and children, earlier
in the year.
- "Israelis easily used thousands of bombs against
the defenseless population of Gaza Strip, who were stripped of medicine
and their most essential needs. Now, eight months have passed and we see
that the event has been already sunk into oblivion."
- Ahmadinejad said criticism of Israel and its actions
has become 'off limits' in American and European media.
- Then, Ahmadinejad turned to the sheer lack of media attention
to the brutal murder of Marwa el-Sherbini, a pregnant Egyptian woman who
was stabbed to death in a German courtroom while the whole jury and court
officials stood by and watched.
- Last but not least, Ahmadinejad pointed to the recent
media hype over Iran's second nuclear enrichment plant. "In the past
few days, we saw Western media outlets repeating false accusations against
Iran's nuclear issue."
- "This is how the Western media works. First they
distort facts and fabricate news. Then they incessantly repeat their false
allegations, just to make sure that it is forever etched on the minds of
people," he said.
- "[US President Barack Obama] made a huge mistake
when he accused Iran of secrecy and gave rise to the recent torrent of
false reports," said President Ahmadinejad.
- Referring to the sudden commotion over the newly-revealed
Fordu nuclear facility in southern Tehran, President Ahmadinejad said Iran
has always kept the IAEA posted on its enrichment work in line with its
policy of transparency.
- "Our activities are entirely based on honesty and
transparency. There are no secrets between us and the IAEA whatsoever,"
- Ahmadinejad warned that the mainstream media in the West
has grown to become more dangerous and more threatening than any chemical
or nuclear weapons.
- "The media campaign has turned into a full-fledged
war. I believe the West's abundant arsenals of chemical and nuclear weapons
are there to deceive and intimidate," he said.
- According to President Ahmadinejad, unbiased media does
not exist in the West. "Claims of freedom of press are all lies, each
and every one of the western media outlets serve the interests and policies
of their states," he said.
- "When I was in New York for the General Assembly,
I was interviewed by several news networks, all of which asked the exact
same set of questions," he said.
- "I asked them how can you call yourself an independent
media, when all the questions you are asking me have been clearly dictated
by your governments. Which one of these questions are posed in the interest
of your people?" he noted.
- President Ahmadinejad said Iran's mission today is not
limited to spreading information. Our main responsibility today is to defend
humanity and to create a global culture in support of the oppressed people,