Panel Discussion | Fighting Back: Marching for Our Rights

Panel Discussion | Fighting Back: Marching for Our Rights  
Tuesday, September 26
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free | $5.00 Donation Welcome

Buttons from the 1979 and 1987 lesbian and gay marches on Washington, D.C. Collection of the GLBT Historical Society

The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context,”Marching for Our Rights: 1987 and Beyond” will offer a multigenerational conversation about marches as a tactic for advancing our rights, with a special focus on the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987. A panel of veteran organizers and younger activists will discuss the history of marches as a tactic for promoting LGBTQ equality and how this history can inform today’s intersectional resistance movements.

PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Tre Allen is an advocate for equal rights. As an Evangelical Christian, he underwent several ex-gay therapies to pray away the gay. Once he moved to San Francisco, he jumped into organizing for marriage equality with the Courage Campaign and co-organized the March4Equality during the 2013 Proposition 8 and DOMA cases. He subsequently has been involved in helping organizes other marches and public celebrations. In 2015 Allen earned an associate of arts degree in LGBT studies at City College of San Francisco and recently graduated received a master’s in public administration from San Francisco State. He now works at the San Francisco Neighborhood Empowerment Network.

Pam David is a long-time progressive LGBTQ activist. With values forged in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements, David helped organize the Lesbian Rights Alliance and Lesbians Against Police Violence in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she served as the national outreach coordinator for the 1987 March on Washington and was the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s main advisor on LGBTQ issues. In 1990, Mayor Art Agnos made her the first out lesbian appointed to a San Francisco mayor’s staff. Working for three mayors over 12 years, she helped provide critical resources to support LGBTQ people, people with HIV/AIDS and low-income communities. As executive director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund since 2002, David has continued her personal and professional commitment to social change.

Gabriel Haaland is a transgender progressive union activist who is dedicated to protecting workers; has led campaigns to protect renters from unjust evictions; fights for social justice and political reforms that empower working people, people of color and neighborhoods. Named a “local hero” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he was also a community grand marshal for San Francisco Pride. He is a former president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and former co-vice president of Pride at Work. Haaland is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a political coordinator for SEIU Local 1021.

Alex U. Inn, a Bay Area resident for more than 35 years, is an advocate for justice and equality. A community grand marshal for San Francisco Pride in 2017, Alex is one of the few to be named to sainthood by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and is a winner of 32 gold medals at the Gay Games. Alex also has been a critical force for many important LGBTQ institutions and campaigns, including the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, the MyNameIs Coalition, San Francisco Pride’s NECTAR/Women’s Stage, UNLEASH! Dance Party for Women and the Committee for Queer Justice. Alex also founded Momma’s Boyz, a troupe of hip hop activist drag kings and the KINGDOM! Drag King House that fundraises for our community.

Ken Jones has been a community organizer and activist since the 1970s, participating in the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration Committee for almost a decade. He also traveled to Cuba as part of the Venceramos Work Brigade in 1987 and that same year he served as the Northern California co-chair of the  National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  An original volunteer at the KS Foundation, Jones was the first paid office manager of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and would go on to become the director of volunteer services at the foundation for over a decade.

Lito Sandoval (moderator) first became active in the queer community in the late 1980s when he joined ACT UP/San Francisco. He subsequently joined the leadership of AGUILAS and later served on the board of the Queer Latina/o Artists Coalition (QUELACO). Currently, he serves as co-president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club and is a member of the board of the GLBT Historical Society. In addition, Sandoval has practiced his craft in the spoken word and performing arts as a founding member of Latin Hustle, a queer Latino comedy trio. His short essay “I Love You Alto” was published in the anthology Virgins, Guerrillas y Locas: Gay Latinos Writing on Love (Cleis Press, 1999).