Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
HONORING DAVID MIXNER; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 196
(House of Representatives - December 09, 2019)
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[Page H9384] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING DAVID MIXNER (Mr. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY of New York asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY of New York. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor my friend, David Mixner, the legendary civil rights activist, best-selling author, and humanitarian known throughout the world for championing LGBT equality, healthcare, non-violence, and human rights for nearly 60 years. I had the privilege of working and learning from David, an experience I will never forget, when I worked as White House staff secretary to President Bill Clinton. In the mode of our own John Lewis, David inspired a generation of us with his pioneering work for equality and documented those struggles in his seminal autobiography, ``Stranger Among Friends.'' David's leadership and wisdom shaped--indeed, made possible--my career and the careers of so many of us. He taught us to never tire of the fight and to always wage it with love. From his early work with Harvey Milk defeating discriminatory laws against LGBT teachers, to demanding real action in funding to combat the AIDS epidemic when our government was failing our community, David changed our Nation for the better. I know I speak for an entire LGBT community and our many allies in thanking David for his decades of activism. At this very moment, he is giving what may be his final public performance in New York City before beginning his retirement. While I so wish I could be there tonight, my presence here, in this Chamber, in many ways is itself a tribute to David's lifetime of work. And while the public phase of David's career may be drawing to a close, I know David's words and deeds will live on for many generations to come. He represents the best of America. He is a true patriot and a stranger no more. ____________________