OCTOBER 8: Urvashi Vaid (1958-)

Happy birthday to Urvashi Vaid!
The Indian-American LGBT rights activist and author turns 59-years-old today.

Urvashi Vaid’s social justice work spans decades and she has been influential in the areas of prison reform, financial equality for LGBT Americans, and HIV/AIDS activism. She was named Woman of the Year by The Advocate in 1991 (x).

Urvashi Vaid was born on October
8, 1958 in New Delhi, India, but she moved to

Potsdam, New York

with her family at just 8-years-old. She became interested in social justice activism at an
extremely young age after witnessing an anti-Vietnam War protests when she was
just 11. Urvashi would later go on to earn degrees from Vassar College and Northeastern
University School of Law. It was while attending Northeastern that she created the Boston Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance, a group dedicated to
advocating for local political candidates who support the Boston lesbian and
gay community.

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Urvashi photographed with her partner, Kate Clinton, in 2015 (x). 

She burst onto the larger radar of
LGBT activism in 1995 with the publication of her book Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation,
which won a Stonewall Book Award in 1996.  Her most recent book, Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of
LGBT Politics
, was just released in 2012 and continues the conversation of
LGBT equality relationship with racial and class equality in America. Urvashi
is the CEO of her own company called Vaid Group LLC, and also runs LPAC, the very
first lesbian SuperPAC. She has been named one of the 50 most influential LGBT
people in the United States by Out
Magazine
and currently lives in Massachusetts with her partner, comedian Kate
Clinton.

-LC

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