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Harvey Milk (1930 – 1978)

Visionary #LGBTQ, civil, and human rights leader. One of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S.

His life was tragically cut short when he was assassinated nearly one year after taking office.

Harvey was born May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, NY. Harvey and his only sibling, Robert, worked in the family’s department store, “Milks.” They were a small middle-class Jewish family that had founded a Jewish synagogue and was well known in their community for their civic engagement.
Milk knew he was gay while attending high school, where he was a popular student w/ interests from opera to football.

While in college, Milk penned a weekly student newspaper column where he questioned issues of diversity and lessons learned from the recently ended World War.
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As we close out #PrideMonth, again w/o recognition by Trump, we must recognize the stakes.

The rights that so many have fought for are under assault.

Trump has already rolled back #LGBTQIA rights. It'll accelerate thru the Supreme Court.

Here's a list:…
Buzzfeed News lists the Trump Administration's anti-LGBTQIA actions - [see link for details]:

1. Saying it’s legal to fire workers for being transgender.

2. Arguing that it’s legal to fire workers for being gay.

3. Making transgender female prisoners live with male prisoners.
4. Telling the Supreme Court that shopkeepers can turn away LGBT customers.

5. Withdrawing protections for transgender students.

6. Refusing to investigate anti-transgender discrimination complaints in public schools.

7. Trying to kick transgender people out of the military.
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Daniel Keenan Savage
(b. October 7, 1964)

Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) is an American author, media pundit, journalist, newspaper editor, national sex advice columnist(Savage Love), and activist for the #LGBTQ community.

Dan Savage was born in Chicago, IL. He was raised Roman Catholic & attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North. He has said he’s "a wishy-washy agnostic" and an atheist, & still identifies as "culturally Catholic." He holds a BFA from the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.
Savage was living in Madison, WI when a friend, Tim Keck who co-founded The Onion, mentioned that he was moving to Seattle to launch a new alt newspaper, @TheStranger.

Savage made a comment that every newspaper should have an advice column— he was hired to write one: Savage Love
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Throughout the month of June, CIA hosted a series of events, panels, & activities celebrating the progress toward equality for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.
DCIA Haspel introduced Major General Tammy Smith, the highest ranking & first openly gay general in US history, at a CIA HQ event, stating: “She refused to give in to discrimination, stayed riveted on her goals, & proceeded to blaze a trail that will go down in the history books”
We once again participated in the @CapitalPrideDC Festival & the 7th annual IC Pride Summit. CIA hosted the first IC summit in 2012, which has grown each year.
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Tammy Baldwin @tammybaldwin
(born February 11, 1962)

U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. She served 3 terms in the Wisconsin 78th AD. From 1999-2013 she represented WI 2nd CD in the U.S. House of Representatives. 1/

#PrideMonth #LGBTVoices
Tammy Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. 2/

#PrideMonth #LGBTVoices
Baldwin graduated from Madison West High School in 1980 as the class valedictorian. She earned a B.A. degree from Smith College in 1984 and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. She was a lawyer in private practice from 1989 to 1992. 3/

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Peter Thatchell
(1952 - p)

Thatchell is a UK human rights campaigner, best known for his work with #LGBTQ social movements.

He has worked to end anti-LGBTQ laws in the UK & helped LGBTQ people worldwide.
#LGBTVoices #PrideMonth
Born in Australia, he first worked to help aboriginal people & to end the death penalty in that country.

Thatchell moved to London & became a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front, organizing sit-ins at pubs that refused to serve gays & protested police harassment.
He helped to organize Britain’s first Gay Pride march in 1972.
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I used to frown upon people that were too “gay”, too effeminate, too loud, too performative of their sexuality because I thought that those were the things holding us back.

I thought assimilating would lead to acceptance from the cis-het world.
But I soon realised that the LGBTQIAAP+ community was never the issue. It is not us that needs to change.

I realised what I was experiencing was a self-hate drilled into me for as long as I could remember.
I realised that the more I tried to assimilate. The more I remained silent. The more I watched other LGBTQIAAP+ people get ostracised for being themselves - the more empty I was becoming.
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Sally Ride
(May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012)

Sally Ride was an American physicist & astronaut. On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as part of the space shuttle Challenger mission.

Sally was born and grew up in CA. She obtained her PhD from Stanford in Physics.

Ride was one of 8,000 people who answered an ad in the Stanford student newspaper seeking female applicants for the space program. She was 1 of 35 women chosen by NASA in 1978.

After traveling to space during the Challenger mission in 1983 and 1984, Sally became the inspiration for several generations of girls,(including yours, truly) to follow their science and technology dreams, an area that had been long deemed "boys only."

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Laverne Cox (age unknown)

The first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy for acting, and the first openly transgender woman of color to star in a scripted TV series.

Known for her role on Orange is the New Black.

Born in Mobile, Alabama. She and her twin brother were raised by their single mother, Gloria, who was a teacher.

While she was born biologically male, she always felt female.

Laverne was bullied and attempted suicide at age 11. But she found strength in her love for the arts.
Laverne attended high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts before going to Indiana University and Marymount Manhattan College, where her twin brother also went and studied the visual arts.

Laverne studied acting in addition to graduating with a BFA in dance.
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Hi, this is @Kimahli Powell. I’m the executive director of @RainbowRailroad, a Canadian-based international organization that helps #LGBTQ individuals facing persecution escape to safety. I’m doing an #HRCTwitterTakeover today to mark #WorldRefugeeDay. Kimahli Powell, Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad
In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of the @RainbowRailroad is to help #LGBTQ people as they seek safe haven from violence, murder or persecution. — @Kimahli #HRCTwitterTakeover Rainbow Railroad
Let’s start with 3 terms:
⚫Migrant: Anyone who chooses to leave their country of origin;
⚫Asylum seeker: Anyone seeking international protection;
⚫Refugee: An official designation for individuals forced to flee their country of origin.
@Kimahli #HRCTwitterTakeover
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Lynn Ann Conway
Born January 2, 1938

Lynn is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist

Lynn grew up in White Plains, New York. Conway was shy and experienced gender dysphoria as a child. She became fascinated and engaged by astronomy and did well in math and science in high school.
Lynn is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway revolution in VLSI design, which incubated an emerging electronic design automation industry.
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James “John” Finley Gruber (1928 - 2011)

James Gruber was an original member, co-founder, and helped name the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest homophile organizations in the United States.
James considered himself bisexual. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1946 at the age of 18, was honorably discharged in 1949. Gruber met & began a relationship with Konrad Stevens. He attended meetings of an early homophile organization called the “Society of Fools”
James Gruber, following a conversation with Harry Hay about Medieval masque troops known as “mattachines” and suggested renaming the “Society of Fools” to Mattachine Society. The Mattachine Society was a single national organization headquartered in Los Angeles.
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Audre Lorde

Poet, Writer, Activist, Essayist, Librarian

Lorde's poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s.

Lorde considered herself a Lesbian, mother, warrior, and poet. 1/

#LGBTVoices #PrideMonth
“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” –Audre Lorde /4
Each day during #PrideMonth June #LGBTVoices brings you a portrait of a special #Pride hero/heroine. /End

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During #PrideMonth, I'll be tweeting about some of the LGBTQ+ community's lesser-known history.

Today, I'd like to talk to you about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, whose legacy has become tragically ambiguous. (THREAD)
"Tell me about a complicated man," begins Emily Wilson's latest translation of The Odyssey. "Tell me about how he wandered and was lost ... Tell the old story for our modern times. Find the beginning."

I'm going to try to do that with Harvey.
His legacy is one not just of gay liberation, but of bridging the gap between government and the individual. And yet we often hear his name only in passing, or a mention of his death on lists cataloging gay icons, despite the fact that his biopic Milk won two Academy Awards.
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Martin Duberman (b. August 6, 1930)

Martin is an American historian, biographer, playwright, gay rights activist and radical.

Writer or editor of over 25 books, Martin founded the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY.

Duberman grew up near New York City & earned a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He taught history at Yale, then Princeton, where he became involved in activism. He signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” in 1968, refusing to pay taxes to protest the Vietnam War.
During those years, Martin endured years of therapy in an attempt to “cure” his homosexuality. With the advent of Stonewall and the gay liberation movement, Martin embraced his homosexuality and incorporated it into his activism. He came out in a New York Times essay in 1872.
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Richard Isay (1934-2012)

American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist

Thanks to his courage, Dr. Isay laid the foundation for the legal and medical rights gay people have today.

#LGBTVoices #PrideMonth #LoveIsLove
Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality and had an enormous influence on much of the HIV movement and its participants today.

“He made the field see that their view was based on ideology, not evidence”
Dr. Isay contested the medical treatment of homosexuality as an illness. And, in 1992, with the help of the @ACLU, they threatened the American Psychoanalytical Association with a court case and lawsuit re: discrimination of gay people in the field of psychoanalysis.
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Laurence Michael Dillon

Dillon was a British physician and the first transgender man to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Born as Laura Maud Dillon, he was assigned female at birth.

#LGBTVoices #PrideMonth
Laurence was always more comfortable in men’s clothing and knew that he was not a woman.

In 1939, Dillon experimented with testosterone pills. A pioneering plastic surgeon performed a double mastectomy on Dillon and gave him a note to change his birth certificate to male.
Dillon enrolled in medical school under his new name, becoming a distinguished rower for the male team.

13 surgeries were performed on Dillon to construct male anatomy. The doctor performing them diagnosed Dillon falsely so that nobody would know the truth, protecting Dillon.
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In honor of #PrideMonth, here's "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" through a rainbow lens:
Anjali Sharma was a popular, grade-A student at St. Xavier's college.
She liked playing basketball, dancing, and girls.

Yeah Anjali was gay.
She was also in the closet. She couldn't come out. She feared her family would be devastated and her friends would distance themselves from her.

She was, after all, in a country that criminalized people like her.
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Alan Turing (1912-1954)

An eccentric British mathematician, widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.

Turing broke the Nazi Enigma code, playing a crucial role in the allied victory in WWII.

Turing spent much of his early life separated from his parents, as his father worked in the British administration of India.

At 13, he was sent to a large boarding school, with a rigid syllabus, so Turing studied advanced modern scientific ideas, such as relativity, on his own.
In his seminal 1936 paper, "On Computable Numbers," Turing proved that the theory of a universal algorithmic method of determining truth in math cannot exist.

He also introduced the notion of a universal computing machine, the "Turing Machine” — the basis of the modern computer.
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I have depression. I've thought about killing myself plenty of times in my life. One or two times, I came really close to being strong enough to try. In none of those times did I feel strong enough to reach out for help. I didn't feel strong enough to call anyone, tell anyone. 1/
And that's part of what depression does. It isolates you. It pulls you away. It weighs you down mentally, emotionally, spiritually. One of the hardest things for someone in those moments to do is to reach out.

So if you know someone who faces this, please reach out to THEM. 2/
Ask them if they're okay. Tell them you are there to listen to them. Tell them you are there for them. Remind them you love them. Remind them that they matter to you and to the world. Remind them that you are there to help them however they need it. Kindness. 3/
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Edith "Edie" Windsor (June 20, 1929 – September 12, 2017)

Was an LGBT activist from the early 1970s until her death,
and is most notably known for being the lead plaintiff in the case of
US v. Windsor which overturned Sec. 3 of DOMA
Edie was an American LGBT rights activist, and was the lead plaintiff in the SCOTUS case, United States v. Windsor, which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States
She worked at IBM for 16 years. The company had rejected her insurance form naming her partner Thea Spyer as a beneficiary. She also assisted the Atomic Energy Comm., and was at one point even investigated by the FBI. She feared that it was because of her closeted homosexuality
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Bayard Rustin (1912 – 1987)

For more than 50 years, Rustin was a strategist and activist in the struggle for civil rights and gay rights.

He is best remembered as being the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

Rustin left the Communist party in 1941 & served as the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s race relations secretary. He was a pacifist & practiced nonviolence, a method he learned while working with Gandhi. He was imprisoned for 3 years for refusing to register for the WWII draft.
In 1947, he helped plan the first “freedom ride” in the South, challenging ongoing Jim Crow practices though ruled illegal in 1946. His efforts landed him on a chain gang. He reported on the experience which spurred an investigation leading to the abolition of chain gangs in NC.
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.@POTUS’s expectations haven’t often met reality during his first 500 days in office. The #GOPTaxScam is a prime example of why his presidency has been #500DaysOfBummer
President Trump has spent 1/5 of his days in office at a golf course. That's probably great for his stroke, but not so great for the American public. #500DaysOfBummer
Who is paying for the wall?

Mexico? 🙅‍♀️

American taxpayers? 🙅‍♀️

The U.S. Military? 🙅‍♀️

#500DaysOfBummer 🤷‍♀️
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down 5th avenue major brands are turning their flags and window displays rainbow for #PrideMonth

also a bakery refused to make a same-sex couple a cake and that went all the way to the Supreme Court

also trans people are getting attacked and murdered
“so much progress “ people say “it gets better”

Yes, and yes

But also sometimes it’s difficult to feel anything but cynical
these tweets brought to you by insomnia

keep fighting, friends
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