Terry Bean

Portland, OR

Terry Bean is extremely well regarded as an activist for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer/questioning community. He is so well regarded, in fact, that Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski declared August 23, 2008, to be "Terry Bean Equality Day" in recognition for the work he has done on LGBT rights causes since the 1970's.

A trailblazer in the movement, Terry Bean, started advocating politically for gay rights in the early 1970′s in Eugene, Oregon. Early successes resulted in the passing of a city gay rights ordinance, which, while was later overturned by voters, set the framework for grassroot organizations and strategies which quickly followed—establishing a pattern of victories which have continued well into the new millennium.

In 1979, Bean helped to organize the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the first such highly visible effort to empower a minority while educating a majority.

After the march on Washington, Terry Bean turned his focus to the national level co-founding the Gay Rights National Lobby and the Human Rights Campaign Fund. These groups merged to become today's Human Rights Campaign – HRC.

Along with many other successes, it's very clear why Terry Bean is considered to be one of the most influential people in the community. Please join Terry Bean in celebrating the promotion of equality in all forms.

  • Education
    • University of Oregon