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washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 45 - november 11, 2011

washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 45 - november 11, 2011

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NOVEMBER 11 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 45 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
D.C. ‘homophile’ groupremembered as first civilrights organization for gays
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
Records kept by the late gay rightspioneer Frank Kameny show that Kamenyand fellow activist and native WashingtonianJack Nichols co-founded the MattachineSociety of Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15,1961 as the city’s — and nation’s — firsthomosexual civil rights organization.Kameny, then 36, and Nichols, 23, were joined by at least three others on that dayat the group’s first official meeting, held inthe Harvard Street, N.W., apartment of EarlAiken, one of the group’s first members,according to information obtained byD.C.’s Rainbow History Project.LGBT activists and Kameny’s friends andcolleagues in D.C. and across the nation arescheduled to gather in Washington at theCannon House Office Building on CapitolHill next Tuesday, Nov. 15, for a memorialservice celebrating Kameny’s life and legacy.The gay rights leader died at his home inWashington on Oct. 11. Organizers say thegathering will also commemorate the 50thanniversary of Kameny and his gay rightscolleagues’ founding of the MattachineSociety of Washington.The Rainbow History Project reportsthat an example of the hostile climatethe fledgling group was to face in itsfirst few years of existence in the early1960s surfaced three months before itsofficial launch, when Kameny organized apreliminary meeting to discuss the need
Mattachine Societyfounded 50 years ago
Ebbin wins big; gaySan Fran mayoralcandidate trails
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
Democrat Adam Ebbin, a gay manwho has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, won election onTuesday to the Virginia Senate, becomingthe state’s first openly gay senator.Ebbin defeated Republican challengerand political newcomer Timothy McGheeby a margin of 64 percent to 35 percent.He ran in a district with a solid Democraticmajority that includes parts of Alexandria,Arlington and Fairfax counties.“I am honored by the trust the votershave showed in me,” Ebbin said in astatement. “During the campaign, Ilistened to the voters’ concerns and willwork on behalf of the values we all share:improving our public schools, expandingour transit system and cleaning up Virginia’s environment. I will make suretheir voices are heard.”Ebbin emerged as an outspokenadvocate for LGBT equality during histenure as the state’s only out gay member of the House of Delegates. He said one of histop priorities in the Senate will be to pushlegislation to ban job discrimination againststate government employees based onsexual orientation and gender identity.In a separate race, gay Republican PatrickForrest lost his bid to unseat Virginia StateSen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), a longtime
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Va. elects first openly gay state senator
Del.
 
ADAM EBBIN
will move to the Virginia Senate after handily defeating his Republicanopponent on Tuesday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF EBBIN
Ellen the Envoy
Hillary Clinton namesDeGeneres to specialpost to boost awarenessof global AIDS pandemic.
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