Terry Bean’s activism began at the start of the 70’s in Eugene, Oregon. His leadership and passion during the beginning of this movement resulted in the passage of the first gay rights city ordinance in the state. Though they were overturned at a later date, this groundbreaking ordinance laid out an infrastructure for many grassroots organizations and strategies which followed thereafter—leading the way for the many state and federal victories which have continued to the present day.
In the year of 1980 Terry Bean became a co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT equal rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the US. In 2013 Terry Bean continues as an active member of the HRC’s board of directors. HRC ha s been a leader in the marriage equality movement in the United States.
David Mixner, a national political strategist and civil rights activist says of Terry, “Terry Bean is always one of those behind the scenes people you rarely hear about - the ones in American politics that get more done than most elected officials. For over thirty years, Terry Bean has unselfishly committed himself to the struggle for human rights. This man has never given up on the fight for LGBT equality. He also has been a participant in every major battle for freedom and justice in his lifetime.”
In his own words, Terry Bean talks of his past efforts, future goals and why he will persist with advocating strongly for LGBT political candidates and allies/supporters who commit to the cause of civil equality. “People say they don’t care about politics, but I know they care about their friends being fired from their jobs for being gay, I know they care about respect for our relationships, and I know they care about LGBT suicide. I think it’s high time we demand our family and friends and the people closest to us consider our equality when they cast their vote. It is unacceptable for people who say they love us to support those who consistently block our path to justice and the dignity we deserve as Americans. They must be told that continuing to do so is an act of betrayal and will harm our relationships.”
As leader for the national civil rights movement, Terry Bean has fought, and continues to fight, for equal rights for LGBT Americans. Today, and tomorrow, he strives to elevate the quality of life for all in the LGBT community—including families, friends and allies.
Terry Bean’s newest website, click here, provides further detail about Terry’s journey down the long road towards full civil rights for all Americans.
Terry Bean— leader in the nation’s fight for civil rights equality. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Terry Bean's most recent blog post: read more.