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

Robin McGehee

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

Robin McGehee

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WHEN YOU HEAR ROBIN MCGEHEE speak, you may come away thinking she's the next Harvey Milk. Sassy, straight-talking, and passionate, McGehee, a 36-year-old professor of human communications at the College of the Sequoias in central California and mother of a young son and daughter, became a rising star in the gay rights movement in 2009. She did so by insisting that grassroots activists have a seat at the table next to established power brokers like the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

"There's been a knitting together of grassroots organizations through the [National Equality March] that will create lifelong friends and will build a solid base for the larger gay rights movement," says McGehee, who codirected the October march in Washington, D.C. After McGehee first made her name as lead organizer of a pro-gay marriage, post-Proposition 8 event in Fresno, Calif., dubbed Meet in the Middle, longtime gay rights activist Cleve Jones asked her to help put together the march in the nation's capital. …

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