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It was 1996, and President Invoice Clinton was operating for a second time period in opposition to Bob Dole, the Republican candidate. Within the homosexual/lesbian/bi/trans world, there was speak of boycotting the election to indicate displeasure with the center-right politics of compromise that characterised Mr. Clinton’s first time period. However Carmen Vázquez was having none of it.
“To those that say Invoice Clinton is Bob Dole,” she wrote in an essay in Homosexual Group Information that September, “I say good luck making an attempt to stave off radical proper insurance policies beneath a Republican administration over the following 4 years.”
The essay, basic Vázquez, was forceful in its argument for staying engaged and doing a greater job of articulating an agenda and pushing it ahead.
“As a ‘rights’ motion,” she wrote, “we’ve got all the time mistaken entry for accountability, comfortable for a spot on the desk even when the desk we get to has simply had the dessert dishes cleared out.”
Ms. Vázquez, a longtime power on this planet of L.G.B.T.Q. rights and points, first in San Francisco, then in New York, died on Jan. 27 in Brooklyn. She was 72. The trigger was issues of Covid-19, mentioned her longtime mates Carlie Steen and Erica Pelletreau.
The Nationwide L.G.B.T.Q. Job Pressure was one in every of a number of organizations to post news of her death. Its government director, Rea Carey, referred to as Ms. Vázquez “one in every of our motion’s most good activists.”