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OP-ED: Reason to Rally – Activism just as necessary 40 years after Stonewall

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Fred Sargeant says:

    Thanks for reminding us all to "do something."

    My only small correction would be to note that the gay rights movement in the immediate aftermath of Stonewall, as well during as the following early years, was no less fractious then it is today.

    Were Donn still with us, I'm sure that he'd point out that GAA was born from the disagreements and divisions that quickly grew within GLF. I know; I saw it. Though even with our present differences, we've managed, I think rightly, to evolve to a more cordial method of disagreement – believe me!

    Unfortunately, you're also right when you say that what's become today's checkbook activism falls far short of what could still be done.

    We've come a long, long way from when our rights were presumed to be non-existent, but there's still such a long way to go and we each need to "do something."

    Fred Sargeant
    Shrewsbury, VT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/opinion/26sargeant.html?ref=stonewall_rebellion

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