|Here is ONLY a SMALL number of items about Brenda.
|Born Dec. 24, in the Bronx
|Graduated Syosset High School
|Long time chair of the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA)
|Member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF)
|Major player in the First March after Stonewall. (Christopher Street Liberation Day March)
She coordinated the 1-month anniversary rally and the 1-year rally/march (after STONEWALL) which became the annual Pride March which we all celebrate to this day.
|Came up with the idea of "pride week"
|Member of the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee
[need better dates]
|Attended and graduated from Manhattan Community College with an AAS degree in Nursing
|Facilitated the "Polymorphous Perverts and Switchables" SIG at TES.
(Need better dates. Does anyone know when this was?)
Found a winter 1987 TES Newsletter listing this group (now call only Switchables) as well as bi sm discussion group
|Was the female co-chair of the leather contingent for the '87 March on Washington.
|Co-Founder of the New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN)
|Arrested for the cause in Maryland
|Was avidly involved in the National Leather Association local chapter (Metro)
|Arrested for the cause in Chicago Illinois [while demonstrating for national healthcare and for fair treatment of woman, people of color and people with AIDS.]
|Arrested for the cause in Dekalb County Georgia
[Found on the internet: An ACT-UP protest at the state capitol in protest of the firing of a lesbian from the state attorney general's office because she was an unconvicted felon due to the same Georgia sodomy law]
|Brenda was part of the core group of bi delegates (and some gay activists} who actively lobbied
and educated gay and lesbian delegates from around the country
who successfully got bisexual into the title of the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.
|Worked on the Gay Games (see pictures section) if anyone know what see did please tell me
|Worked on the Stonewall 25.
Found a pride guide that listed her under Coordinating Committee, Direct Action as "Outreach Domestic".
Found a memo from 1/7/94 that had her listed as a member of the Steering Committee
|Spoke at NERP (Northeast Regional Pride), a yearly meeting of Pride groups in the northeast. Hosted in 1996 by Queens Pride (QGLPC)
|@10:40 Passed away from Colon Cancer in Jamaica (Queens/NYC) NY
The Services was held on Sunday 7/3/05 at 10AM Schwartz Brothers Memorial Chapel 114-03 Queens Boulevard (Corner of 76th Road) Forest Hills NY 11375 (718) 263-7600 http://www.schwartzjeffermemorial.com/
The family and I would like to thank all that came. Not including the "family", there was about 35 persons there.
A memorial was held on July 31 at 12-2pm Room 301 at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011 see http://www.gaycenter.org for directions
|The Queens Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
announces the creation of the "Brenda Howard Award" in memory of the late bisexual activist Brenda Howard.
See http://www.pflag-queens.org for more information
You can also click here to see the 9/18/2005 press release http://www.nyabn.org/brenda/documents/BrendaHoward-PressRelease.txt. (Will open new window)
If you have any information including photos about Brenda you would like to add or any corrections please send it to me at:
btw: Her Hebrew name is Brana Bat Sirka U Shmuel Hirsh