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    Longtime LGBTQ+ Activist David Mixner has Died at 77

    David Mixner, a prominent LGBTQ+ activist known for his work on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and his subsequent split with the Clinton administration over policies regarding gays in the military, died Monday at the age of 77.

    The announcement of his death was made on his Facebook page, where a comment under a photo captioned “R.I.P. David B. Mixner. 1946-2024”, stated, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of David’s passing today.”

    Mixner’s influence extended far beyond his association with Clinton, as his activist journey began in his teenage years in New Jersey, where he volunteered for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign. Reflecting on his early activism, Mixner shared with The Advocate in 2010 that Kennedy inspired him and his peers to engage with the world beyond themselves.

    Venturing into the Deep South, Mixner immersed himself in the Black civil rights movement during the 1960s, facing arrests in states like Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana while advocating for African-American voter registration and the elimination of poll taxes.

    His activism also extended to opposition against the Vietnam War, culminating in his severe beating by police during protests at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. This incident left him with a permanent leg injury, prompting him to utilize a cane for most of his life. Mixner played a pivotal role in organizing a national moratorium against the war in 1969.

    In the 1970s, Mixner came out as gay in response to antigay campaigns led by figures like Anita Bryant. Alongside his then-partner, Peter Scott, he spearheaded efforts to defeat California’s Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, which aimed to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools. Their advocacy garnered the support of former Gov. Ronald Reagan, contributing to the measure’s rejection by voters in 1978.

    Throughout the 1980s, Mixner became deeply involved in AIDS activism, advocating for legislation to bolster California’s response to the crisis. Despite his own HIV-positive status, Mixner remained dedicated to the cause, acknowledging in a 2018 interview with The Advocate that while others may have possessed greater talents and articulation, many did not survive the epidemic.

    David Mixner’s passing marks the end of a lifelong commitment to social justice and LGBTQ+ advocacy, leaving behind a legacy of resilience and activism that continues to inspire generations.

    The cause of death is not yet known.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Joe Gallagher
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    1 month ago

    Thank you David!

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    1 month ago

    Godspeed, Mr. Mixner. Thank you for your care and determination. And your Rolodex. You changed our course and for the first time in 1992, the LGB(TQ) became a million dollar political pac and force. You and ANGLE placed gays and Lesbians in the political mainstream and front and center at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Thank you, David Mixner. Rest In Peace.

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