National LGBTQ Wall of Honor

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The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor is an American memorial wall dedicated to LGBTQ “pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes”.[1] It was installed in New York City in June 2019, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, within the Stonewall National Monument.[2] It resides within the Stonewall Inn, which is in the middle of New York’s Greenwich Village, and part of the Stonewall National Monument - the first U.S. National Monument dedicated to LGBTQ rights and history in the United States.[3]

The first fifty names were announced in June 2019,[4] and were installed June 27, 2019, as part of Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 events,[5] being held throughout June which is Pride month in New York City, and are anticipated to be the largest LGBTQ event in history.[6][7] Each year five additional names will be added to the inaugural fifty.[1]

Nominations[edit]

In February 2019 the National LGBTQ Task Force, in conjunction with the Imperial Court System, announced their plans for the Wall of Honor.[8] The monument committee accepted nominations to honor “the lives of LGBTQ trailblazers, pioneers and s/heroes who have passed,” and have had a positive impact on LGBTQ civil rights.[5]

The nominations will be administered by a Board of Governors, eighteen LGBTQ leaders including transgender activist Marsha Botzer,[9] Black LGBTQ activist Mandy Carter, LGBTQ youth advocate Wilson Cruz, LGBTQ human rights activist Stuart Milk, and founder of the Metropolitan Community Church Troy Perry.[5]

Inaugural fifty[edit]

The first fifty honorees were announced in June 2019:[4][a][10]

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  • Michael Callen was a gay singer, songwriter, composer, author, and influential early AIDS activist.

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Annual Reminder Picket at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 1966; photo by Kay Tobin Lahusen. The woman with the sign saying "HOMOSEXUALS should be judged as individuals" is Barbara Gittings.
Annual Reminder picket at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 1966; photo by Kay Lahusen. The woman with the sign saying "HOMOSEXUALS should be judged as individuals" is Barbara Gittings.

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Audre Lorde (left) with writers Meridel Le Sueur (middle) and Adrienne Rich (right) at a writing workshop in Austin, Texas, 1980

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  • Pat Parker was a Black lesbian feminist poet and activist.[16][17] Her poetry addressed her tough childhood growing up in poverty, dealing with sexual assault, and the murder of a sister, along with many issues facing lesbians and Black women in contemporary culture.[18] After two divorces she came out as a lesbian, “embracing her sexuality” she was liberated and “knew no limits when it came to expressing the innermost parts of herself”.[18] Parker participated in political activism and had early involvement with the Black Panther Party, Black Women's Revolutionary Council and formed the Women's Press Collective.[19] She participated in many forms of activism especially regarding gay and lesbian communities, domestic violence, and rights of people of color.[20] After she became too ill to perform, other poets and musicians continued to perform her work at music and arts festivals, "Movement in Black" being particularly popular.

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Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at a news briefing in Washington, D.C., on August 27, 1963
Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at a news briefing in Washington, D.C., on August 27, 1963

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  1. ^ Eric Rofes was omitted from the initial list but is listed on the Task Force’s website.
  1. ^ Milk was described as a martyr by news outlets as early as 1979, by biographer Randy Shilts in 1982, and University of San Francisco professor Peter Novak in 2003. United Press International [October 15, 1979]; printed in the Edmonton Journal, p. B10; Skelton, Nancy; Stein, Mark [October 22, 1985]. S.F. Assassin Dan White Kills Himself, Los Angeles Times, Retrieved on February 3, 2012.; Shilts, p. 348; Nolte, Carl [November 26, 2003]. "City Hall Slayings: 25 Years Later", The San Francisco Chronicle, p. A-1.
  • Shilts, Randy. The mayor of Castro Street : the life & times of Harvey Milk (First ed.). New York. ISBN 0312523300. OCLC 7948538.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Groups seek names for Stonewall 50 honor wall". The Bay Area Reporter / B.A.R. Inc. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  4. ^ a b SDGLN, Timothy Rawles-Community Editor for (2019-06-19). "National LGBTQ Wall of Honor to be unveiled at historic Stonewall Inn". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  5. ^ a b c SDGLN, Timothy Rawles-Community Editor for (2019-02-21). "National LGBTQ Wall of Honor to be established inside Stonewall Inn". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  6. ^ Leonhardt, Andrea (2019-04-30). "Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan to Kick off WorldPride..." BK Reader. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  7. ^ May 21, Jon Barrett Special to Newsday Updated; Am, 2019 6:00. "What to see and do in NYC for World Pride". Newsday. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
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  9. ^ Editor (2018-11-12). "Trans Awareness Week: Marsha Botzer Discusses the Past and Present of Gender Activism". South Seattle Emerald. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  10. ^ Massey, Sarah (June 20, 2019). "National LGBTQ Wall of Honor Unveiled at Historic Stonewall Inn". National LGBTQ Task Force. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  11. ^ a b "Paula Ettelbrick obituary | LGBT rights | The Guardian". amp.theguardian.com. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  12. ^ Woolston, Brendon Lies and Landon (LJ). "In Love That Never Dies: Remembering the Legacy of Diana Hemingway". southfloridagaynews.com. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
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  14. ^ "Bent Alaska". bentalaska.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  15. ^ "Imperial Court of All Alaska - Special Awards and Recognitions". www.impcourtak.org. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  16. ^ Bereano, Nancy K. Publisher's note, Movement in Black, 1989, Crossing Press, ISBN 0-89594-113-9
  17. ^ Pat Parker. Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale Group, 2008 (http://www.galenet.com/servlet/BioRC). Entry Updated July 25, 2000 . Fee. Accessed December 27, 2008.
  18. ^ a b "Rebel Girls from Bay Area History: Pat Parker, Lesbian Feminist Poet and Activist". KQED. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  19. ^ "Pat Parker, Black lesbian poet and activist well worth knowing", Peterson Toscano, March 7, 2015.
  20. ^ Pat Parker Biography, Voices from the Gaps.
  21. ^ Holden, Stephen (November 9, 1990), "Vito Russo, 44; A Historian of Film and a Gay Advocate", The New York Times, retrieved 2007-10-30
  22. ^ MannyCantorNYC (2018-09-05). "Educational Alliance mourns the death of Janet Weinberg". Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  23. ^ a b c d e "Dykes on Bikes Co-founder Soni Wolf Dies". KQED. 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  24. ^ Oliver, Brook (July 11, 2007). "Case Summary & History: Dykes on Bikes". National Center for Lesbian Rights. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
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