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LGBTQ Heroes Postage Stamp Campaign

By Charlotte Robinson, March 03, 2021

The two oldest LGBTQ organizations in this country, the International Imperial Court System (IICS) founded in 1965 & the oldest LGBTQ civil rights organization the National LGBTQ Task Force founded in 1973 have launched a national campaign asking the US Post Office Department to issue stamps honoring LGBTQ icons & trailblazers Bayard Rustin, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera & José Julio Sarria. The IICS & The Task Force were also the sponsors of the successful campaign that resulted in the issuance of the Harvey Bernard Milk U.S. postage stamp unveiled in May of 2014 at the White House by President Barack Obama on what would’ve been Harvey Milk’s 84th birthday. Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, Queen Mother I of the Americas of the International Imperial Court System stated, “As we just celebrated Black History Month & begin Women’s History Month, we want to celebrate our Black & trans LGBTQ icons; Bayard Rustin & Marsha P. Johnson, in the company of two extraordinary Latino icons; Sylvia Rivera & José Julia Sarria.” Kierra Johnson, The National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director concluded, “The National LGBTQ Task Force is thrilled to continue supporting this effort. This campaign recognizes the contributions that the trans & drag communities, particularly people of color who have given so much to the larger LGBTQ community & still do not have the visibility or credit they deserve. We saw the tremendous success of the Harvey Milk stamp & encourage the U.S. Post Office to create more - & more diverse – representations of LGBTQ icons.”  For More Info…

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