Jewish Leaders in the Homosexual Movement
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 & LesbianAlliance Against Defamation [GLAAD]. Klein also co-
founded the successful multimedia campaign STOPDRLAURA.COM
Arnie Kantrowitz -- co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
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
Harvey Fierstein -- film actor [Mrs. Doubtfire]; well-known gay
Moises 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
US. House of Representatives to introduce legislation banning
discrimination based on sexual orientation .
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
Meg Moritz, Ph.D. -- a Director and member of the Executive Committee
Barbara Raab -- an NBC-TV producer; a "Jewish lesbian feminist
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
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
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 Board
Abby 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
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
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
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
Kevin Schaub, American; Executive Director and Dean of the Harvey Milk
Institute in San Francisco, the world's largest center for queer
Sarah Schulman [1958- ], American playwright, novelist, and activist
[one of the founders of the Lesbian Avengers, a direct-action lesbian
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
Jeffrey Newman, American, president and COO of the Gay Financial
Network; president and CEO of 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 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
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
when a court ordered her reinstatement; founder of the Gay, Lesbian,
and Bisexual Veterans Association [GLBVA] in 1990, serving as its
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
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
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.
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
Jewish Leaders Drove Gay Marriage Changes, Says VP Biden
The Associated Press
Vice President Joe Biden is praising Jewish leaders for helping change
American attitudes about gay marriage and other issues. Biden says
culture and arts change people's attitudes. He cites social media and
the old NBC TV series "Will and Grace" as examples of what helped
changed attitudes on gay marriage. Biden says, quote, "Think - behind
of all that, I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it's in
Hollywood or social media, are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the
industry." Biden says the influence is immense and that those changes
have been for the good. Biden was speaking Tuesday night at a Jewish
American Heritage Month reception hosted by the Democratic National
Committee. He says Jewish values are an essential part of who
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