Queer heroes were in short supply in my “coming of age” period and sorely lacking for helping me feel even the least bit good about myself. Every once in a while, I will do a brief bio on someone I consider to be a hero in the queer community. It will always be someone who makes me feel proud about who I am.
I first learned about Ann Northrop when I started watching Gay USA TV, a weekly television news show. She and co-host Andy Humm brought LGBTQ news to me each week. It wasn’t until recently that I realized just what a hero Ann is when she hosted a roundtable of lesbian AIDS activists on Logo. During the 80’s when AIDS was killing of thousands of men in the gay community, it was terrifying realizing that no one was going to help us. I have always been incredibly grateful that women stepped forward to advocate on behalf of people with AIDS. They were a godsend…especially the women that knew how do activism.
Strangely enough, it was at the NJ Sheep Breeders Association Festival that I found out just what a hero Ann Northrop is. I was speaking with two women at the BeadBiz booth (with beautiful beaded knitting and crochet!). One of the women working there was an early AIDS activist in New York City as well and knew Ann. She told me how Ann, a debutante from a well-to-do family walked away from her family to pursue activism.
Mostly, I find that Ms. Northrop exhibited enormous integrity, pride and courage as an open lesbian in her television career, as an anti-war, feminist activist and as an early AIDS activist.
Some of my charitable donations go to Gay USA so Ann can continue to do her important work. The show combines her activism and journalistic background into the incredibly important work of the weekly LGBTQ news show.
If you’d like to know more about Ann or Gay USA TV, please visit http://gayusatv.org. Make sure to subscribe to their e-mail or donate to their work if you can.
I worked like a demon to finish the raglan shaping on Briyoke and make it to the body.
The standard brioche stitch is a nice, simple, meditative action that I enjoy doing. So now that it’s simple knitting in the round, I’m hopeful the body will go quickly.