Anthony Romero – President, ACLU

Each day in June, EQUAL! is profiling a LGBT 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 …

Bertrand Delanoë – Mayor of Paris

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

Urvashi Vaid – Attorney, Activist

Urvashi Vaid is an attorney, author, activist and the executive director of the Arcus Foundation. Vaid was born in New Delhi, India. In 1966, her family moved to Potsdam, New York, where her father taught at the state university. Vaid’s interest in politics began at the age of 11 at an anti-war protest.  In 1979, …

Contribute to Gay-a-pedia

Please join members of EQUAL! in an open Q&A session regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender issues and experiences. The live Q&A session will happen on June 16th at 12:00 – 1:00 EDTConference Bridge: 800-771-8734, Code 5657678For instant messages during the live session, do “IM-connect” through Microsoft Office Communicator with Kelley Neal. We are promoting …

Transgender Issues in the Workplace

June is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Awareness Month. EQUAL!, one of Alcatel-Lucent’s seven employee business partners, is planning activities to celebrate the contributions of the LGBT communities and raise awareness of the issues faced both within and outside the workplace that impact the lives of employees, friends or family members who are gay, …

Michel Foucault – French Philosopher

Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, sociologist and educator who had a profound impact on academic thought. Foucault is best known for his critical studies of psychiatry, the prison system and human sexuality. Foucault was born Paul-Michel Foucault in Poitiers, France, the son of a prominent surgeon. He graduated from the prestigious École Normale Supérieure, …

Tammy Baldwin – US Congresswoman

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is the first out lesbian elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As of 2009, she is one of three openly gay members and the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Baldwin was raised by her mother and maternal grandparents. She graduated from high school at the top …

John Amaechi – Psychologist, US Professional Basketball Player

John Amaechi is the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay. In 2007, three years after retiring from pro basketball, he became one of only six male professional athletes in the four major U.S. sports to come out. Amaechi, the son of a Nigerian father and a white British mother, grew up in England. …

Rachel Maddow, US based Commentator – LGBTAM Icon June 1, 2010

“I came out when I was 17. That’s not an issue for me, it’s not a decision for me. It’s not something I’ve ever thought about my whole adult life.” Rachel Maddow is a television host, radio personality and political commentator. She is the first out lesbian to anchor a prime-time show. Maddow grew up …