RECENT  POSTS:  » Joseph Farah still clueless about nondiscrimination law » Hobby Lobby president to join extremely anti-gay activists at 'Star Spangled' event » FRC's Sprigg admits his side put up 'weak defense' in 7th Circuit » Photo: The latest totally convincing, in no way silly attempt at a meme from anti-gay Ruth Institute » AFA's Fischer: Time for Christians to 'get up in somebody's grill' like Jesus would » GLAAD: The World Congress of Families sparks protests in Australia. Let's examine why. » GLAAD: NOM cofounder: 'Hard to see... the logical stopping place' between gay-affirming, murder-affirming Christians » 'Nonpartisan' NOM's entrenched Republicanism again showing » GLAAD: His other tactics failing, NOM president turns to anti-trans fear-mongering » AFA's Bryan Fischer: Diversity is 'most sinister and dangerous lie'  

« Go back a post || Return to G-A-Y homepage || Haul tail to next post »

04/01/2011

Pre-nuptial disagreement: Looking back at NYC's equality fight, 1986 vintage

by Jeremy Hooper

Andy Humm leads off this, one of the more insightful clips from Phil Zwickler and Jane Lippman's 1988 documentary Rights and Reactions:


*More clips and information: Rights and Reactions [Phil Zwickler Foundation]

Organizeed Catholic opposition? Yehuda Levin saying incendiary things? Religion, religion, and, did I mention, the Bible?

Now, twenty-five years after that contentious nondiscrimination bill's long-delayed signage, a more seasoned Andy -- today a journalist for Gay City News and co-host of the weekly "Gay USA" program -- is looking back on a fight that may seem dated in one sense, yet is so undeniably familiar in another. Go read Andy's firsthand take and perhaps even glean a thing or two about what then-councilwoman Ruth Messinger said was "exactly the kind of legislative story from which people in any field can learn a lot":

It’s the silver anniversary of the passage of New York City’s gay and lesbian rights bill. The City Council adopted it 21-14 on March 21, 1986, and Mayor Ed Koch signed it into law on April 2.

A quarter of a century ago sounds like a long time in the past, but New York was actually one of the last big American cities to pass such a bill, even though the concept of adding “sexual orientation” to non-discrimination laws was dreamt up here by the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) in 1971.

KEEP READING: NYC's Gay Rights Silver Anniversary [Gay City News]

space gay-comment gay-G-A-Y-post gay-email gay-writer-jeremy-hooper


Your thoughts

comments powered by Disqus

G-A-Y Comments Policy


 
Related Posts with Thumbnails