Public Service Announcement

DAVID MIXNER PASSES AWAY

By Tom Swann Hernandez Founder and Commander

I first met David Mixner in person because we happened to be on the same flight from Los Angeles to Dulles Airport in Virginia to attend the inauguration of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in January 1993. Later, Mixner and I attended a party at the home of Rep. Barney Frank. Then I saw him at a vigil at for late gay Navy sailor Alan Schindler who was beaten to death in 1992. There was a huge tribute to David Mixner during the week of the inauguration. Several hundred queers packed a hotel ball room and heard kind words from speakers like late Senator Ted Kennedy. The event was a fundraiser for the Gay and Lesbiann Victory Fund.

I spoke to David on the phone several times during my ACLU case against the Department of the Navy. Mixner always told me to keep sharing my story. I last saw David when I gave him a copy of my first book where he is featured. This was at the  ceremony where President  Barrack Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).”

In the 1992 election Mixner endorsed his University of Arkansas friend Bill Clinton for President. Mixner raised several million  dollars from the LGBTQ community for Clinton’s election. In the 1992 election one of every eight voters for Clinton was from the LGBTQ constituency.

Mixner is  a legend in our community and he will be sorely missed. I prayed the Holy Rosary for his soul the night he died. I will continue to offer prayers for him.

Statement on the passing of David Mixner By Bill Kibler

David was an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community. His service to our community remains unparalleled. I had the honor of sitting next to David at the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Law signing ceremony. Both of us being almost the same build, before the ceremony as people joined our row to be seated, I leaned over to David and commented, “Ya know… We’d be a great set of bookends” which floored him. I’m gonna miss David, as will the entire LGBTQ Community. 

They say Marines don’t cry. This one did. 

Until we meet again. 

Bill Kibler
Founder/Webmaster –  www.gayveterans.us 

Tom Swann Hernandez

Founder and Post Commander
151 Lincoln Downs Street
Rancho Mirage CA. 92270
(760) 324-5670

PSA

AMVETS POST 66

American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 66 is a Congressionally-chartered not-for-profit veteran service organization located in Palm Springs. Post 66 is named in memory of fallen gay Army soldier Frank Moulton who was killed in battle in World War II. Post 66 is an inclusive veteran organization that welcomes everyone to join. Many of the LGBTQ members of the armed forces served in silence. Post 66 believes no sacrifice should be forgotten so in 2001 we dedicated America’s first LGBTQ Veterans Memorial in Cathedral City. In 2018 this memorial became the California LGBTQ Veterans Memorial. We presented an award to late President Gerald Ford. For fifteen years we have operated the only free veteran transportation from the desert to the h VA Hospital in Loma Linda. We frequently meet with elected officials to preserve and expand veteran benefits. Our service officer can help you and your families receive the veteran benefits they deserve. We have honored all of the Tuskegee Airmen and Pearl Harbor Survivors in our area. We help homeless veterans and visit veterans in nursing homes. We celebrate Peace Day and hold a Memorial Day awards luncheon. Membership dues are only $42 per year. If you would like to join or volunteer to be a driver for our van contact Post Founder and Commander Tom Swann Hernandez at (760) 324-5670 or send an email to tom@amvetspost66.org. We also want to thank all veterans for their service to our great nation.

Tom Swann Hernandez

Founder and Post Commander
151 Lincoln Downs Street
Rancho Mirage CA. 92270
(760) 324-5670

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