Baldwin seeks tobecome ﬁrst openlygay U.S. senator
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who isseeking to become the next U.S.senator from Wisconsin, is warningsupporters that the path to victorywon’t be easy.Baldwin (D-Wisc.), who declaredher candidacy for U.S. Senate onTuesday, described the challenge of her bid to become to ﬁrst openly gayU.S. senator during a conference callWednesday with LGBT media.“What I do want everyone to knowis this will be a very tough campaign,”Baldwin said. “Wisconsin is a deeplyand evenly divided state. You’ve seenus go and back forth. You’ve seenWisconsin come alive in the past fewmonths in opposition to a group of state leaders who are not listeningto the concerns of the people. But I
After months of speculation, Rep.
made it ofﬁcial this week: She’srunning for U.S. Senate from Wisconsin.
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SEPTEMBER 09 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 36 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross Levi, executive director
of New York’s LGBT advocacy
group Empire State PrideAgenda, worked in the group’slower Manhattan ofﬁce in adifferent staff position at thetime of the Sept. 11, 2001terrorist attack on the WorldTrade Center.In what he describes as theﬁrst horrifying hours followingthe crash of two hijacked jetliners into both World TradeCenter towers, causing themto collapse, Levi said the ESPA
staff joined other New Yorkers
in helping survivors and victimsany way they could.“We opened the doors toour ofﬁces, which were on 12thStreet at the time, to peopleas they were ﬂeeing the WorldTrade Center site and comingdowntown,” he said. “Many of them came right by our ofﬁcesand so people were coming in just to use the bathroom andget some water and makephone calls,” he said.“And in that way we were
just a member of the New York
family that had to go throughthis horrible event,” Levi said.But Levi and other LGBTactivists observing the Sept. 11events as they unfolded saidthey quickly discovered withina week of the attacks thatsame-sex partners of thosekilled, injured or missing in theWorld Trade Center collapsefaced additional hurdles inobtaining government andprivate sector assistance.
He said ESPA ﬁrst became
aware that same-sex partnersurvivors were being treateddifferently when the cityand private relief agencieslike the Red Cross set up anemergency station on a pier
along New York’s Hudson River
where people could go to ﬁnda family member missing andas yet unaccounted for in theWorld Trade Center carnage.“Literally [gay] people hadto go there, turn around, goback home and get somepaperwork that spousesdidn’t have to get to provea relationship existed,” Levisaid. “You were nervous andscared and sad and then youhad to go through that. Andworse, other people turnedthem away, even with thepaperwork, saying sorry you’renot a family according to ourguidelines.”Activists reﬂecting on theSept. 11 tragedy this week said
10 years later, assessing impact of attacks onrights of same-sex couples
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‘This will be a verytough campaign’
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