Beth Zemsky of Minneapolis is an activist for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. At StoryCorps Atlanta, she told fellow activist Kierra Johnson about a deeply affecting moment back in 1987—at the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
This story was recorded at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference.
In my work I give a lot of speeches and keynotes. I have to say that delivering this sermon has given me way more agitation than anything I’ve ever done. So, I want to follow Ray’s advice for a moment, that he gave us last night about those of us who have the privilege of being up on the bima, to take a moment to take this all in, and to be all in, in the moment here with you.
Election Day 2012 was a momentous day. In my adopted home state of Minnesota, we fought back two regressive constitutional amendments, an anti-marriage-equality amendment and one calling for voter ID. We also turned both chambers of our state Legislature blue again for the first time in decades.
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Research, Policy, and Personal Volume 2005, Issue 111 Pages: 1-97 Autumn (Fall) 2005
Do Policies Matter?
This chapter provides an overview of nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity and addresses how such policies might be used to improve campus climates for LGBT students, faculty, and staff.
You can read the chapter that Beth Zemsky & Ronni Sanlo wrote here.