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1980

1980-08-14African American gay man nominated for Vice President

Virginia Apuzzo and Bill Kraus, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in New York City, placed in nomination the name of Mel Boozer for Vice President of the United States. Boozer, an African American gay man who was then president of the Gay Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., urged the Democratic Party to stand up for fair and equal treatment of gay men and lesbians, saying “”Bigotry is bigotry. Discrimination is discrimination.”

 

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