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For each day of #PrideMonth I’ll highlight a different LGBT Jewish icon.

1. Edie Windsor

Her Supreme Court case overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, paving the way for marriage equality and a host of other LGBT legal protections.

Meeting her was a true blessing.
Everyone who’s met Edie says the same thing— she had a charm for making you feel like family. She also had a special glow that will always stay with me. I hope I can radiate with as much love and joy as she did. What a life she lived.

2. Magnus Hirschfeld

Dubbed the “Einstein of sex,” the German physician founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee in 1897 which was the 1st recorded LGBT rights group in history! He also pioneered the 1st gender reassignment surgery. The Nazis later destroyed his institute.
3. Martha Shelley

She was the president of one of the 1st lesbian groups, Daughters of Bilitis, and in 1970 fought the National Organization of Women’s exclusion of lesbians from having prominence in the feminist movement.

#JewishPride ❤️🌈✡️🦄
4. Frank Kameny

In 1957 he was fired by the US gov for being gay, which led to a historic lawsuit as the 1st known civil rights claim based on sexual orientation. He became a career activist & in 1972 succeeded in getting the APA to remove being gay as a mental disorder. #Pride
5. Renee Richards

When @USTA refused to let her play for being transgender she sued & won a landmark case in NY’s Supreme Court.

In 1977 she competed in the U.S. Open women’s tournament marking the first time a trans athlete was allowed to play in a competitive sport. #Pride
6. Larry Kramer

Considered to be one of the most influential figures of the AIDS crisis, his firebrand activism raised awareness when most people were indifferent. In 1982, he co-founded @GMHC, the nation’s first and largest HIV service organization.

Jewish #Pride
7. @kaplanrobbie

She’s the lawyer who slayed DOMA at the Supreme Court in 2013 w/ her client Edie Windsor, paving the way for marriage to be a right for all! She hasn’t slowed down since. She’s suing the Charlottesville Nazis and co-founded @TIMESUPLDF.

#JewishPride ❤️🌈✡️
8. Barney Frank

In 1987 he became the first congressman to come out as gay and later became the first to get married while serving. #Pride

#JewishPride ❤️🌈✡️
9. Adam Lambert (@adamlambert)

In 2012 his second studio album premiered at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making him the first openly gay artist to top the album charts. #JewishPride ❤️🌈✡️
10. Harvey Fierstein

Broadway legend and 4x Tony Award winner— each for a different category— he’s been an openly gay performer his entire career, at a time when few others were. #Pride
11. @jaredpolis

He would make Harvey Milk proud.

In 2018 he made history as the 1st openly gay man elected governor.

In 2009 he was the 1st openly gay person elected to congress in a 1st term, and the 1st gay congressman to raise children while in office. #JewishPride 🌈✡️
12. David Ciciline

He’s the congressman from Rhode Island who’s leading the passage of the #EqualityAct. In 2003 he made history as the first openly gay person elected mayor of a U.S. state capital. #Pride #JewishPride ❤️🌈✡️
13. Dana International

In 1998 the Israeli pop star became the first transgender person to win Eurovision's singing competition. She's since released 8 albums. Her rise helped build trans visibility at a time when there was virtually none. #Pride
14. Jazz Jennings

At the age of 7, her interview with Barbara Walters turned her into an overnight sensation, becoming one of the youngest public transgender figures. Now 18, she has been the face of countless documentaries sharing her story.

#JewishPride ❤️🌈✡️
15. Ron Galperin (@RonGalperin)

In 2013 he became the first openly gay official to be elected to citywide office in Los Angeles when he took over as City Controller. #JewishPride
16. Andy Cohen

He’s among the most ubiquitous faces of pop culture— emerging from a news producer to TV exec, to simply Andy Cohen! I remember first learning of him as a teen before there were a ton of gay role models. Today he’s celebrating his 1st #FathersDay #JewishPride 🌈✡️
17. Roberta Achtenberg

In 1993 she became the first openly gay person confirmed to a federal cabinet position when she served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In 2011 Barack Obama named her to the US Commission on Civil Rights. #JewishPride 🌈✡️
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