1992 July 13

Roberta Achtenberg, First Openly Lesbian Woman to Address National Political Convention

 

Roberta Achtenberg addressed the Democratic Party Convention on this day, becoming the first openly lesbian or gay person to address a national convention of one of the two major political parties. In the Clinton administration she served as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as a result was the first openly lesbian or gay person ever to be confirmed by the U. S. Senate.

Watch a 2011 Speech by Achtenberg:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_e1RgSb4DM

Read the chapter on Achtenberg in: David Mixner and Dennis Baily, Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage (2000)

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