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Other speakers included Cleve Jones, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, actress Cynthia Nixon, entertainer Lady Gaga, activist for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Lt. Dan Choi, activist for hate crimes legislation Judy Shepard (the mother of slain college student Matthew Shepard), and David Mixner.

Mixner captured the spirit of the March perfectly in the following words, "When people tell me to be patient, when people tell me, oh lord, not now. All I can think about is how many more tears must be shed so some politicians in a back room can figure out when it's convenient to join us and to fight for our freedom."]

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    Bibliography
   

Highleyman, Liz A. "A Brief History of the Bisexual Movement." www.biresource.org/pamphlets/history.html.

National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization: www.llego.org.

Peters, Jeremy W. "Debate over March Exposes Split in Approach." New York Times (October 9, 2009): http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/us/10march.html

Thompson, Mark, ed. Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.

Vaid, Urvashi. Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. New York: Anchor Books, 1995.

 

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    Author: Beemyn, Brett Genny  
    Entry Title: Marches on Washington  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2004  
    Date Last Updated October 13, 2009  
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