For October 1st, LGBT History Month features Virginia (Ginny) Apuzzo (b. 1941), an LGBT activist who co-authored the first gay and lesbian civil rights plank for the Democratic Party in 1980. Apuzzo joined the Sisters of Charity in the Bronx in 1967 when she was 26, but left the order two years later after reading about the Stonewall riots in the newspaper and realizing there were more people like her. She publicly came out as a lesbian and embarked on a career as an educator and activist for LGBT rights, including lobbying for greater resources and support for gay communities during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. For more information on Virginia Apuzzo, please see LGBT History Month’s bio of her here.
Leslie Beauchamp is a queer bisexual writer, artist, and musician. She graduated from Patrick Henry College some time ago, after which she detoxed for a couple years, came out to herself, and became a progressive feminist and LGBTQ+ advocate. Leslie spends her spare time reading psychology books and pondering human existence while striking yoga poses. She also moonlights as an Anglophile. She can be reached at leslieb(dot)qphc(at)gmail(dot)com.