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- Radical AIDS activist group, ACT-UP, organizes in New York City.
- Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank comes out as a gay man.
- October 11 - The second March on Washington, DC for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights with an estimated 200,000 participants. The march, demonstration and rally also included the first public display of Cleve Jones' NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the first community Wedding.
The 200,000 person estimate, widely quoted from the New York Times, was made several hours before the march actually began; similarly, most of the pictures used by mainstream media were taken early in the morning, or of the AIDS Quilt viewing area rather than the march itself. Police on the scene estimated numbers during the actual march to be closer to half a million.
This event & date would also become the starting point for what would become National Coming Out Day.
1987 March on Washington History/Background
The march began with a grassroots call out to known lesbian, gay, bisexual & tansgender organizations for an organizational/platform meeting in New York City in November 1986. Steve Ault & Robin Tyler, both of whom had been active in the first march in 1979, felt that the time had arrived for another March on Washington. Representatives from the following schools were in attendance: Brown University; California Institute of Technology; California State Universities at Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Francisco; CUNY Hunter College, Queens College; New York University; Pasadena City College, Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles; and University of Southern California. At the end of the weekend, the overall structure for the National Steering Committee had been set, a gender parity Co-Chair structure (Robin Tyler and Steven Ault) with the usual organizational positions; Stephen G. (check spelling), Secretary (Brown University); and additional Regional (California; Nicole Ramirez-Murray & and Issues/Constituent-related Chairs for organization and special interest input.
The second meeting of the steering committee was held in January 1987 in the City of West Hollywood at City Hall. Jean Conger from Southern California Women for Understanding was the parliamentarian for the meeting. Among of the issues discussed were "the personal is politcal," (Rosie O’Donnell still uses this phrase - "The View" 04.03.07) and a petition for adding atheists to the list of peoples represented.
- Web site for Advocate news magazine
- Google search for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender news
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