Hey there... guess I got started in activism just after my 16th birthday. I grew up in New York City, and went to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. My unofficial "coming out counselor", Craig Rodwell (owner of the world's first gay liberation bookstore, the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop), told me about organizing a protest march to commemorate the riots the previous summer down in Sheridan Square. I used to drop by his shop after school to hear about the political news and learn about gay history... but that was 36 years ago.
Became a Quaker in grad school, went to divinity school later at Harvard, and have been causing trouble whenever I can ever since.
Just got married a week and a half ago in a traditional Quaker ceremony in Gloucester, Massachusetts. If you would like to check out our wedding announcement, take a peek here:
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Looking for opportunities for faith-based antihomophobia work. We've been working on same sex marriage in the Society of Friends (Quakers) since the 1970s. Many of our monthly meetings (local congregations) in New England have been on record welcoming same sex couples to apply for marriage since the 1980s. It helps that we, as a denomination, are quite used to marrying "outside the law", since Quaker marriages were not recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until the 1940s! Nonetheless, it's been a struggle... but mostly a good one.
My husband is Canadian, so we moved to Ottawa in 2004. I'm looking for connections here to continue and support the work I've done for most of my life, and I send my love and prayers to all brothers and sisters south of the border struggling for the love and respect they so rightly deserve.