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A Day with Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis in The Castro


Please watch, enjoy, and share this incredible walk through history and the fight for equality with Stuart & John.

Please note: The version we uploaded to YouTube incorrectly attributes John Lewis as John Gaffney. As much as we appreciate your YouTube views, pleae share this final, corrected version.

Thank You, San Francisco

Where to we even begin? It all started with reaching out to a friend on Facebook. Stuart Gaffney was recommneded to me, and as I'm know to do, I reached out to see if he and his husband would be willing to me us and show us around The Castro; teach us about their history and show Jacquelyn such an important and personal place for her and everday Americans she, Stuart, John and The Pride community represent.
- Chris G, Founder of everydayamericanjoe.com and Co-Founder of We Got A Voice

An incredible day in The Castro with Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis, LGBTQIA Rights Pioneers and Founders of Marriage Equality. Our Biden-Harris team from everydayamericanjoe.com and the We Got A Voice 2 PAC was welcomed with love and open arms, and treated to a moving, powerful walk through the history of the 🏳️‍🌈 Civil Rights fight for freedom and justice. Stuart & John are among the first ten in history to be married.

Jacquelyn’s Journey to SF walks us through the stories of Harvey Milk, and Queer pioneers dating back as far as the 1950’s, honored forever in the community. We were graciously invited to observe the memorial of the lives lost in the fight for freedom and equality, with the triangle symbolism the Nazis originally used to indicate LGBTQ souls in the Holocaust.

Music and video is copyright © 2005-2020 and original. The voice and singing, I felt, was a due tribute to a man whom, over a decade ago, I wronged and owe a debt to. My own “casual” bigotry pained hurt him deeply and irreparably. He deserved better from me, and wherever he may be—I was wrong. He changed me. And he owes me nothing. My debt may never be paid, but atonement can be made one moment, one step, and one act of love at time to our fellow humankind in the LGBTQ community.

Join us in supporting the freedom and rights of our fellow souls. Please vote. #BidenHarris2020

CA State Senator Scott Wiener

The First Ten

In Celebration of

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

In San Francisco, Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84, were the first and only couple to be wed, saying their vows in the office of Mayor Gavin Newsom, before emerging to a throng of media and screaming well-wishers. They had been together for more than 50 years
May these heroes rest in eternal love and peace

Thank You

John & Stuart

To anyone unfamiliar with their tireless work - Please do not let my inability to convey the historical importance of these Champions.
They are Giants amoung the small.
The Memorial in The Castro incorporates the triangle. This is highly symbolic, as the the Nazis used pink triangle to identify Queer/LGBTQ human beings. This hallowed ground is a tribute to the many lives lost for simply being who they were born.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum estimates 100,000 gay men were arrested and between 5k and 15k were placed in concentration camps. Just as Jews were forced to identify themselves with yellow stars, gay men in concentration camps bore a large pink triangle.

Memorial headstones with small pink triangles are placed where once stood the demolished barracks in Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany

Although the pink triangle has been reclaimed as an empowering symbol, it is ultimately a reminder to never forget the past—and to recognize the persecution LGBTQ+ people still face around the world.

Thank you, Ken Richard

Without Ken, a FB friend of mine (Chris) since the 2016 election, I would never have been introduced or told of Stuart or his husband, John. When I asked if he knew of anyone in The Castro who could teach us and show us around - he sprung into action.

"Springing into action has been a consistent thread in my life. You can either sit on the sidelines and complain, or channel your anger, frustration and energy into bringing about the change you desire. I have been an activist for over 45 years and have not stopped. From protecting a woman's right to choose to Marriage Equality. I have worked on so many political campaigns, that I was elected by my peers in 2008 as the Obama Delegate. It was a high honor. When we put our shoulder to the wheel, there's nothing we can't do."

-Ken Richard

Marriage Equality's Got A Voice

It is unconstitutional to abridge marriage on the basis of sex. In May 2011, national public support for same-sex marriage rose above 50% for the first time. In May 2012, the NAACP, the leading African-American civil rights organization, declared its support for same-sex marriage and stated that it is a civil right. In June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down DOMA for violating the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution in the landmark civil rights case of United States v. Windsor, leading to federal recognition of same-sex marriage, with federal benefits for married couples connected to either the state of residence or the state in which the marriage was solemnized. In May 2015, national public support for same-sex marriage rose to 60% for the first time. In June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark civil rights case of Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities, is guaranteed by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

He also stated that his position on same-sex marriage was "evolving" and that he recognized that civil unions from the perspective of same-sex couples was "not enough". On May 9, 2012, President Obama became the first sitting president to support same-sex marriage. He still said the legal question belonged to the states. In October 2014, Obama told an interviewer that his view had changed.

Joe Biden

Biden’s early support for same-sex marriage still remembered for impact

On May 6, 2012, Biden was asked on “Meet the Press” whether his views had evolved on same-sex marriage. The vice president replied the matter “is all about a simple proposition. Who do you love. Who do you love?” “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” Biden continued. “And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction — beyond that.” Biden had just come out for marriage equality at a time when same-sex couples could marry in just six states and D.C. and then-President Barack Obama was still in the middle a years-long evolution on same-sex marriage. During the interview, Biden added he had just visited the home of a same-sex couple in Los Angeles for a fundraiser, where he had an epiphany after seeing the young children the couple was raising. “And I said, ‘I wish every American could see the look of love those kids had in their eyes for you guys,'” Biden said. “And they wouldn’t have any doubt about what this is about.'”
Biden was “very clear and very direct when asked if he was comfortable with gay marriage.” - WaPo

The fallout was immediate. Days later, Obama gave his own interview with Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America” (who was closeted at the time) to declare his evolution on same-sex marriage was complete and say he “just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Biden had taken the lead from Obama and come out first in support of marriage equality.

Following the announcements from Biden and Obama, numerous other public figures — ranging from House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to singer Jay-Z — declared their support for same-sex marriage. The endorsements from the two leaders had the effort of normalizing a position that heretofore was widely considered controversial. Months later, the societal effects were evident with victories in every state where same-sex marriage was on the ballot. Maryland, Maine and Washington State legalized same-sex marriage and Minnesota rejected an amendment that would have made a ban on same-sex marriage part of the state constitution. Nothing like that had ever occurred before. It led to a series of state legislatures legalizing same-sex marriage and preceded the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015 ensuring marriage rights for gay couples nationwide.

Former presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama, former vice presidents Dick Cheney,Al Gore, Walter Mondale, and Joe Biden have voiced their support for same-sex marriage, as have former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Nancy Reagan.

Joe Biden remains the only White House member of the Oval Office in U.S. History to officiate a same-sex or LGBTQIA marriage. Not just one, but two.

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