Nancy Tucker's involvement in the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C. in 1967 galvanized her as a gay activist. After Society members nominated her as the co-editor of "The Gay Blade," she got right to work building the one-page monthly newsletter into what years later became the "Washington Blade," a leading GLBT newspaper in the country.

She said her goal was to engender a sense of community. "I felt it was very important for gays to become acquainted with one another," she said. "Publicity encourages self-confidence, it creates self-respect."

From 1967 to 1969, the depth of her leadership was undeniable, marching with picket signs in the gay and lesbian civil rights demonstrations in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

This Rainbow Minute was read by Chris Dalbom.

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