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Breaking Down a Stonewall: 40 Years of LGBT Jewish Activism

Sep 10, 2009 • 7:00 pm ET
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On June 28, 1969, police raided a gay bar in New York City known as the Stonewall Inn. After years of police harassment, LGBT people decided to fight back. Often cited as the defining moment of the modern LGBT rights movement, that fateful night became known as the Stonewall riots. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, GLOE and Sixth & I present an insider’s look at several generations of activism from the LGBT Jewish community. In this moderated discussion, we’ll delve into the intersections between Jewish cultural heritage and activist work for and by the LGBT community.

Panelists include: Frank Kameny, a leading figure in the gay rights movement who petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court with the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation. He also coined the term “Gay is Good”; Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk’s 1977 campaign manager and current Director of Policy and Planning at the San Francisco Department of Public Health; Dr. Dana Beyer, the first transgender candidate for State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates, and current Vice President of Equality Maryland; Robert Raben, former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General under the Clinton Administration, served as Counsel to Congressman Barney Frank, and founder and current President of The Raben Group, LLC. The panel will be moderated by Winnie Stachelberg, the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress.

Co-sponsored with the Washington DCJCC’s Gay & Lesbian Outreach and Engagement (GLOE).