Archive for June 2010

Every week day in June, EQUAL! is posting information on a GLBT icon.

Today’s GLBTAM icon is Sylvia Rivera.

Civil rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera was one of the instigators of the Stonewall uprising, an event that helped launch the modern gay rights movement.

“I’m not missing a minute of this, it’s the revolution!”

Seventeen-year-old drag queen Sylvia Rivera was in the crowd that gathered outside the Stonewall Inn the night of June 27, 1969, when the Greenwich Village gay bar was raided by the police. Rivera reportedly shouted, “I’m not missing a minute of this, it’s the revolution!” As police escorted patrons from the bar, Rivera was one of the first bystanders to throw a bottle.

After Stonewall, Rivera joined the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) and worked energetically on its campaign to pass the New York City Gay Rights Bill. She was famously arrested for climbing the walls of City Hall in a dress and high heels to crash a closed-door meeting on the bill. In time, GAA eliminated drag and transvestite concerns from their agenda as they sought to broaden their political base. Years later, Rivera told an interviewer, “When things started getting more mainstream, it was like, `We don’t need you no more’.” But, she added, “Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned.”

Sylvia Rivera (né Ray Rivera Mendosa) was a persistent and vocal advocate for transgender rights. Her activist zeal was fueled by her own struggles to find food, shelter, and safety in the urban streets from the time she left home at the age of ten. In 1970, Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson co-founded STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) to help homeless youth.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), an organization dedicated to ending poverty and gender identity discrimination, carries on Rivera’s work on behalf of marginalized persons.

In 2005, a street in Greenwich Village near the Stonewall Inn was renamed in Sylvia Rivera’s honor.

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Or maybe the question is – what should I have done?

I run a non-profit organization and on Sunday, I was at a fundraising event that one of my board members was hosting. My board member is a Lesbian and many, but not all, of the crowd were GLBT, and all were GLBT-friendly and aware.

Our host asked me to speak about the organization and I did for a few minutes and then wanted my business partner to speak. I always refer to her as my business partner. But at that moment I said, “I’d like to introduce my partner…” As soon as I said “partner” my mind started racing about using the term “partner” in a room full of people, many who were with their life partners. I felt that if I corrected myself and said “I mean business partner” that I would sound like I was worried about being perceived as having a female partner. And then I was afraid that if I didn’t correct the perception I had just made that I would be further perceived as trying to fool the crowd into thing that my business partner and I were a “couple”.

Ultimately I said nothing, my business partner spoke, and later, I apologized to her for “outing” her and we joked about hoping her husband didn’t mind.

Anyway – what would you have done? What should I have done? What would you have thought observing my blunder?

Each day in June, EQUAL! is profiling a GLBT person who has made a differenece to society. Today’s icon is Anthony Romero.

Anthony Romero is the first openly gay person and the first Latino to become executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nation’s largest public-interest law firm.

Romero was raised in New York City by parents who emigrated from Puerto Rico. When he was young, his father faced discrimination for a job promotion. A lawyer hired through his father’s union won him the promotion, and the extra earnings helped the family purchase a new home and their first car.

Romero was the first member of his family to finish high school. He graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and Stanford Law School. In 2003, he was named Stanford’s first Public Interest Lawyer of the Year.

Four days before the 9/11 attacks, Romero took over as executive director of the ACLU. In response to post-9/11 government policies, he helped create the ACLU’s “Keep America Safe and Free” campaign, which aims to protect basic freedoms during times of crises. The campaign was successful in its opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act and litigation regarding the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody. Under Romero’s direction, the ACLU has achieved its highest level of membership and tripled its budget. This growth allowed the organization to expand its efforts to champion causes such as lesbian and gay rights, racial justice and reproductive freedom.

Romero was named one of TIME magazine’s 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America in 2005. He received an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law and coauthored “In Defense of Our America” (2007), about America’s fight for post-9/11 civil liberties.

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June is GLBT Awareness Month. Each day in June, EQUAL! will share information about a GLBT icon.

In 2001 when Bertrand Delanoë was elected mayor of Paris, the city became the world’s largest to have an openly gay mayor. In March 2008, he won reelection.

Delanoë grew up in Tunisia, a French colony at the time. His first political interest came during the Battle of Bizerte. Watching as French soldiers opened fire on Arab citizens, he felt that “an Arab should be equal to a Frenchman.” Delanoë claims it is because of colonialism that he began to identify with the left.

During his days at the Université de Toulouse, where he graduated with a degree in economics, Delanoë became involved in politics and joined the Socialist Party. At the age of 23, he was elected deputy secretary of the Aveyron Socialist Federation. Between 1973 and 2001, Delanoë held various political positions, including national secretary of the Socialist Party and member of the Paris City Council.

As mayor of Paris, Delanoë pushed an agenda for change. In an effort to reduce city traffic and pollution, Delanoë started a low-cost program that encourages Parisians to rent bikes. He worked to provide more affordable housing to encourage economically disadvantaged people to stay in the city. In October 2002, Delanoë was stabbed. His assailant told police he targeted Delanoë because of his homosexuality.

Despite France’s political tradition of keeping one’s personal life out of the public, Delanoë came out in a French television interview in 1998. In his book, “La vie, passionnément” (“Life, Passionately”) (2004), Delanoë says he made that decision because he thought it could help, even if in a small way, “lighten the burden of secrecy borne by so many people.” On the topic of gay marriage Delanoë writes, “In the name of what can one reject this demand for equality?”

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Here is a forward of the invitation by the French “Direction de la Communication”


Dans le cadre de notre  cycle de conférences mensuel, nous vous invitons à rencontrer Thierry Hochart (Alcatel-Lucent), Philippe Chauliaguet (Homoboulot), Julien  Girard (SFR), Patrick Lagnier (HP) et Jean-René Dedieu  (Orange) le lundi 14 juin 2010 à partir de 13h en salle  polyvalente.

Une fois n’est pas coutume, ce n’est pas un seul invité que nous recevrons au mois de Juin mais quatre, réunis autour de Thierry Hochart qui anime le groupe de soutien EQUAL ! au sein d’Alcatel-Lucent : Julien Girard (SFR), Patrick Lagnier (HP), Jean-René Dedieu (Orange), Philippe Chauliaguet (Homoboulot) viendront vous présenter les associations mises en place au sein de leur entreprise pour lutter contre toutes les formes de discrimination, de sexisme et d’injustice fondées sur l’orientation sexuelle et l’identité de genre. Philippe Chauliaguet, présentera quant à lui le Collectif Homoboulot qui fédère des associations LGBT (Lesbiennes, Gays, Bisexuels et Transsexuels) dans de grandes entreprises et administrations.

Cette conférence s’inscrit dans le cadre des actions menées par Alcatel-Lucent dans le domaine de la diversité depuis plusieurs années. Chacun des intervenants présentera, rapidement, l’historique, l’organisation et l’activité de son groupement. Les perspectives de développement de chacun des groupes seront également abordées.

Ce rendez-vous sera également un moment d’échanges avec les différents intervenants : vous aurez la possibilité soit de venir poser vos questions lors de la séance plénière, soit de rencontrer, individuellement, chacun des intervenants lors d’ateliers qui se tiendront entre 12h et 13h dans les salles 64 et 65 (Rez-de-Chaussée du bâti. NA – derrière la Salle polyvalente).

Si vous souhaitez participer à la session d’information qui se tiendra le Lundi 14 juin entre 13h et 14h (Salle polyvalente – RdC du bât. NA) , n’oubliez pas de confirmer votre participation, par retour de mail, à

D’avance, merci de votre participation !

La Direction de la Communication

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