June 24, 2009
AARP Marks 40TH Anniversary of Stonewall Riots With Launch of Exclusive Multimedia Report On Its Lasting Impact and America’s 50+ LGBT Community
WASHINGTON – To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a defining moment for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement, AARP today announced the launch of a multiplatform media campaign consisting of exclusive new online, television, radio and print content that includes contributions from many of the nation’s most prominent and outspoken members of the LGBT communities.
The exclusive online interactive features will include interviews and quotes from prominent leaders and 50+ members of the LGBT community including Martina Navratilova, Bishop Gene Robinson, Frank Kameny (gay rights movement pioneer), Joe Solmonese (President of the Human Rights Campaign), Michael Adams (Executive Director of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)), Kate Clinton (celebrated humorist and author), Sabrina Sojourner (the first openly Lesbian African-American to hold the title of U.S. Representative for Washington, D.C.), John Cepek, National President of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), David Carter (author of Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution), Martin Duberman (author of Stonewall), Eric Marcus (author of Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990), Michele Balan (comedian and finalist on “Last Comic Standing”), among others.
AARP TV will broadcast an episode of its national lifestyle program My Generation called “Stonewall: Milestone Remembered” and AARP Radio will feature an interview with Frank Kameny.
“AARP is a trusted resource and advocate for all American’s 50+ and that includes LGBT Americans,” said Dave Singleton, Director of Planning and Promotions at AARP Publications. “At AARP, we always reflect on the historical moments that changed our members’ lives and, for many of our members, the Stonewall Riots marked a pivotal moment in the fight for equality.”
Additional exclusive features include: