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What American Jews Have
Achieved For Homosexuality
From Dick Eastman
Larry Kramer - co-founder of "Act Up," a homosexual/AIDS activist organization; co-founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis
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 organization.
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 [1974].
Winnie Stachelberg - political director, Human Rights Campaign [HRC]
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 magazine.
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 Nazi Germany.
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 - GLAAD Counsel.
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, PFLAG.
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 causes.
"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 in 1950.
Rikki Streicher (1925-1994), American activist and businesswoman.
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 from 1988-1992.
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 Alliance] Treasurer.
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, 1982].
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 [GLAAD].
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 [1977].
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," he noted.
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, he explained.
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