I am hurt and pissed at Heritage of Pride!
As some of you know the late Brenda Howard, an important bisexual queer activist; a leader of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance in the early post-Stonewall era and founder of NYC Pride passed away on June 28, 2005. I had the honor and privilege to be her partner.
Last year I contacted Heritage of Pride [HOP] about having something official in the Pride Guide about her passing. After making me wait a fair amount of time for an answer, HOP finally replied telling me that they “don't do memorials.”
I then decided to take out an ad in the 2006 Pride Guide only to find out I was a few hours from the deadline. Lucky for me someone canceled their ad. The person at HOP who took my ad was nice and gave me the non-profit rate for the business card ad. If you have a copy of the 2006 Pride guide you will find the ad on the bottom of the page with the financial statement.
This year, and the reason why I feel hurt as well as pissed off is that when I opened the 2007 HOP Pride Guide what do I see but that the Pride Guide has three "In Memoriam" articles, that are also listed prominently in the "Table of Contents" no less.
While my heart goes out the family and friends of those three people and they certainly are deserving of recognition, Brenda also deserved an official "In Memoriam" article and to be listed in the table of contents too, especially as she was the founder or "mother" of the entire event.
Brenda is called the "the Mother of Pride", for her work in coordinating the first month anniversary rally and then the "Christopher Street Liberation Day March" to commemorate the first year anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Brenda also originated the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June.
Brenda Howard deserved recognition for all of her years of dedicated community activism and organizing. Maybe it’s time for HOP to honor her, perhaps at the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall in 2009.
She was there when the entire modern LGBT Civil Rights movement started.
Where, pray tell were you?
Mr. Larry Nelson