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Sally Gearhart, PhD: Retired Communication Studies professor as “unsung radical lesbian hero” who helped create Women and Gender Studies Department.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Gearheart was intrinsic to the fight, alongside Harvey Milk, to defeat the 1978 Briggs Initiative, the California ballot proposition that would have banned gay teachers from schools, famously debating rabidly homophobic initiative sponsor John Briggs himself on television. Gearheart handed Briggs’ ass to him, but she and other women activists of the time, like Black lesbian leader Gwenn Craig, appear to be disappearing from the history.

 

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