#QueerHeroes Day 25 – Dan Choi

#QueerHeroes Day 25. Dan Choi. Choi studied at Westpoint and after getting degrees in Arabic and engineering, he toured in Iraq. After serving, he transferred to the New York National Guard. Choi fell in love in 2008 and then came out to his parents. They weren’t accepting. Now that the worst had happened, he found himself …

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#QueerHeroes Day 24 – Gilbert Baker

#QueerHeroes Day 24 Gilbert Baker. Baker was an army medic stationed in San Francisco in the 60's. He was out even then and later honorably discharged. While working to pass one of California's first marijuana legalization bills, a fellow activist taught him to sew. He began making banners for early queer rights organizations and later …

#QueerHeroes Day 23 – Robert Mapplethorpe

#QueerHeroes Day 23. Robert Mapplethorpe Mapplethorpe was raised in a strict Catholic family before moving to New York in the 60's. There, he met the legendary Patti Smith and the two began living together. Originally, Mapplethorpe mostly worked with sketches and collage. He would visit magazine shops to purchase numerous issues of porn magazines, then cut …