From "The Memoirs, Chapter 12" -
That was the year our good friend and
long time AAA member, Tommy Ammiano decided to run for the School Board
of San Francisco. He had been an elementary school teacher for years,
as had his lover Tim, and they had been some of the first ďoutĒ gay
teachers in, well, the country, and Tommy got himself on the front page
of the chronicle.
I hadnít had much to do with his campaign until he came to me one day
and said Bill, I want to do a float for the gay parade this year, you
know, to promote my campaign. Do you think we could do it?
Well, we all said, Yeah, of course, letís do it!
Tommy managed to borrow an old flatbed
truck and we covered it with a big cartoon, cardboard school bus, all
yellow and black. We filled the windows with kids from his school and
put Tommy on top like a giant Cowboy! Now I donít say we were crucial
to his campaign, but he went on to win what would be his first public
office in a long career. Weíve always been proud of our Tommy!
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