The New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN) would like to institute a "moment of kissing & hugging" in fond remembrance of the late Brenda Howard, noted LGBT/Leather Activist, the "Mother of Pride" and a matriarch of the bisexual community, who passed away on June 28th, 2005 from cancer. (For more information see http://www.nyabn.org).
Brenda was a major figure in the modern LGBT rights movement dating back to stonewall days. She coordinated the rally to commemorate the 1-month anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, and then created the Rally and March (Christopher Street Liberation Day March) that was celebrated at the 1-year anniversary. This became the annual New York City Pride March which spawned all the other pride marches, festivals and celebrations around the world.
As Tom Limoncelli wrote in "BiSquish" (http://www.bisquish.com ), "The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why Gay Pride Month is in June tell them 'A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.'"
We are suggesting a "moment of kissing & hugging" in her honor in place of a moment of silence because Brenda was never silent!! She was a tireless activist who always spoke out against injustice and to make people feel included.
She was never silent but frequently kissed. If you still want to have a "moment of silence" please follow it by a "moment of cheering" for all the work that she did.
Please pass/x-post this request along to anyone you want.
- Larry -
The current (2005) co-webmasters for NYABN
Larry: email@example.com and Cynthia: CyntWorkStuff@aol.com