As a college student I helped to found the International Gay and Lesbian Youth organization along with a team of amazing activists aged 15-24.
This past week IGLYO celebrated 25 Years with a huge conference in Amsterdam that brought the original board and all the successive leaders together.
I couldn't make the trip but here are some pictures from way back when we we all young and brave. Most are photos I'd never seen until now.
Here's the message I sent to young activists who now run IGLYO for the intergenerational dialogue:
More than 20 years later, I still draw on my experience with IGLYO to inspire me and keep me focused.
I learned from my IGLYO team mates never to settle for less than full equality.
I remember when a handful of our guys were roughed up by US soldiers at Volkfest.
I thought "What a shame, these things happen."
I did not realize how I'd come to accept a certain amount of danger until I saw everyone around me spring into action.
We held a massive demonstration in a matter of days in the largest square in Berlin with the full support of labor, women and green organizations.
When I was prevented from crossing the border into East Berlin, my IGLYO colleagues were willing to cancel the trip to stand in solidarity with me.
It took great urging to get them to go on with out me and even then several stayed behind with me.
I am filled with pride to see that IGLYO has grown. And I'm thrilled the alternative name United Gay/Lesbian Youth (UGLY) was abandoned.
I carry IGLYO with me even now, the lessons and bravery I learned back then.
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