Wayne Friday memorial
|Category: Nonprofit function||2016-11-20 Anna Damiani|
On Wednesday, October 12th the community lost a key figure and friend. Wayne Friday will long be remembered as a part of the history of the LGBT community. His friends and allies celebrated his life and legacy on Sunday, November 20th.
As a close friend of Harvey Milk, Wayne helped Harvey to make history and shape the political future of the LGBTQ community. At the time of his election, Milk was the political writer for the Bay Area Reporter. Wayne soon took over writing that column and continued to do so until he gave it up in 2004.
Politics had been a long time passion of Wayne’s. When he first moved to San Francisco, he became a bartender in the Polk Street area. In 1962 he helped to organize bartenders, owners and liquor distributors as a response to police harassment in the gay bars. The organization became known as the Tavern Guild and helped to raise funds for people living with HIV/AIDS. During those years he met elected officials and civic leaders. Many of those people he met remained his friend until the day he died.
Wayne went on to become an investigator in the district attorney’s office. He also went on to serve for more than ten years as a member of the San Francisco Police Commission.
As a journalist, public servant and avid interest in politics, Wayne was constantly being approached for his political insight and advice.
|Location: Herbst Theatre|
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