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Gay Activist is sad to learn of the death of activist Jean Harris who helped elect openly gay candidates in California and who set up major equality organisations. She was 66.
Harris was involved in mobilizing support for the “lavender sweep of 1990” when voters elected two lesbian supervisors and a gay school board member in San Francisco; held prominent leadership posts in Democratic circles, including chief of staff to Supervisor Harry Britt, who succeeded Harvey Milk after his assassination in 1978, and deputy to Mayor Frank Jordan in 1992; was the founding director of Basic Rights Oregon, in 1996; and was executive director of the Alliance for Pride and Equality (Equality California). In 2001 she worked with then-state Assemblywoman Carole Migden to pass AB 25, a landmark bill that granted domestic partners many of the same rights as married couples.
Gay Activist sends condolences to Ms Harris’ partner Denise, family, friends and colleagues.
Updated 23 November 2014: Original source article no longer available.