Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mixner Goes to Yale-At Least on Paper

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mixner Goes to Yale-At Least on Paper

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When longtime gay activist and political strategist David Mixner officially passes his personal archives to Yale University's Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies on November 3, he'll personify the growing trend of preserving of gay history as it's still being made.

Once famously pegged by Newsweek as "the most powerful gay man in America," Mixner was a key ally of Bill Clinton's until 1993 (he writes about their estrangement in his book Stranger Among Friends] and remains a force in American politics.

What are you donating to Yale?

Since my years in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the '60s and up to the current day, I've collected over 100 boxes of papers, memos, videos, calendars, and various other items from that journey. Included are rare documents from early meetings that led to the founding of the very first LGBT political action committee, from the early AIDS years, from the gay movement's early' involvement with President Clinton, from the "don't ask, don't tell" debate, and from other key milestones in LGBT history,

Why are you donating this stuff now?

Quite honestly, because Yale University and the Larry Kramer [Initiative] asked for it. …

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