Philadelphia is becoming the nation's most LGBT-friendly city. Construction on the LGBT-friendly affordable senior apartment building is ahead of schedule The LGBT media conference is all set. So I think there might just be some time for a new project.
Actually it's a project that I've thought about for some time but haven't had it molded until recently and, in all truth, a project like this doesn't get molded until it actually starts, and then it finds its own road.
It all started at the groundbreaking for the John C. Anderson Apartments, where we had several LGBT pioneers on hand, including one whose activism goes back to 1958. I'll bet most of you have no idea who this brave soul is. His name is Randy Wicker. The people who came up with the idea of gay and lesbian community centers, any idea? How about caring for our endangered gay youth?
Here's one you most likely know. Who was the first person to start to speak up for trans people? Sylvia Rivera. As a member of Gay Liberation Front, she founded STAR, which I'm proud to tell you stands for Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Hey, it was 1970 -- that was our language. Sylvia was an honorary member of my group Gay Youth, and I was an honorary member of STAR.
My new project is somehow - and I'm not sure how - going to bring this all together. It might be a documentary but I'm not sure. It's in its infancy. But the good news is, it's showing great signs of life. My goal is to put on film or video the history of our community before it's no longer there.