Mel Boozer on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, New York City, 13 August 1980. Photo by Lisa M. Keen, Washington Blade archive.
Melvin Boozer was nominated in 1980 for the office of Vice President of the United States by the Socialist Party USA and, by petition at the convention, by the Democratic Party. He was the first openly gay person ever nominated for the office. Boozer spoke to the Democratic convention in a speech televised in prime time, calling on the party to support equality for LGBT people.
Boozer received 49 votes before the balloting was suspended and then-Vice President Walter Mondale was renominated by acclamation.
At the time of his nomination, Boozer served as President of what was then known as the Gay Activists Alliance of Washington, DC.
Photo: The historic Apollo Theater on West 125th Street in Harlem, circa 1950. Credit: Eric Schwab/AFP/Getty Images
“The Apollo was home for audience and performer; and even long after they didn’t need to, many performers played the Apollo because there was no audience like it in the world.” – Vertamae Grosvenor
Throughout its history, the Apollo Theater’s never-shy, discerning audience helped launch the careers of African-American musicians, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.
Listen as reporter Vertamae Grosvenor recalls her experience as a member of the Apollo’s legendary audience. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on January 26, 1984.
Back in 1965, a fresh-faced, 18-year-old Bowie was known as Davy Jones, but he changed his stage name (which was inspired by frontiersman Jim Bowie) so as not to be confused with a certain member of the Monkees. (Photo: Redferns)
David Bowie rocks a long shag at the Cafe Royal, London circa 1970, during his ‘Man Who Sold the World’ era. (Photo: Hulton Archive)
‘Ziggy’-era, flame-haired Bowie poses beside his Rolls Royce in May 1973. (Photo: AP)
David Bowie performs during his ‘Ziggy Stardust’ era in 1973 in Los Angeles, wearing one of his famous onesies. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
David Bowie poses for a portrait in his ‘Ziggy Stardust’ guise in June 1972; the absolute epitome of glam-rock. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
David Bowie poses for a portrait dressed as Ziggy Stardust in a New York City hotel room in 1973. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
David Bowie performs “Rebel Rebel” on the TV show TopPop on Feb. 7, 1974 in Hilversum, Netherlands. (Photo: Redferns)
At the 17th annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1975, Bowie arrived as the Thin White Duke, an icy-cool persona primarily associated with his album ‘Station to Station,’ which was released the following year. (Photo: WireImage)
The Thin White Duke poses for an RCA publicity shot in 1976. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bowie performs at the Oakland Coliseum in California on April 5, 1978, at the tail end of his “Berlin trilogy” era. (Photo: Redferns/Getty Images)
Also an accomplished actor, in 1980 Bowie appeared in a stage production of ‘The Elephant Man’ at the Booth Theater in New York City, where this candid shot was taken. (Photo: AP)
In 1987, Bowie embarked on his Glass Spider tour, with Peter Frampton playing guitar in the live lineup. Here, the two rock legends are pictured at a March 18, 1987 news conference in New York where Bowie announced his North American tour. (Photo: AP)
David Bowie performs at Wembley Stadium, London on June 20, 1987, on his Glass Spider tour to promote his album ‘Never Let Me Down.’ (Photo: AP)
In 1988, Bowie formed the supergroup Tin Machine with Reeves Gabrels, Tony Sales, and Hunt Sales; the band released two albums, ‘Tin Machine’ and ‘Tin Machine II.’ Here, Bowie is pictured performing with the group at the concert to promote the latter album at the Brixton Academy in London on Nov. 11, 1991. (Photo: Redferns)
David Bowie performs on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on May 10, 1993, to promote his 18th studio album, ‘Black Tie White Noise.’ (Photo: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
David Bowie performs at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, Connecticut on Sept. 14, 1995, the year he released ‘Outside.’ (Photo: Reuters)
David Bowie performs during a concert celebrating his 50th birthday, at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 9, 1997. (Photo: AP)
Bowie rocks a long bob at the WB Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas on Oct. 28, 1999. (Photo: RTNSmith/MediaPunch)
Bowie kicks off the 9/11 benefit “Concert for New York” at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 20, 2001. (Photo: AP)
Bowie performs during the Reality Tour – which would turn out to be his last-ever tour – at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 2003. (Photo: WireImage)
Bowie performs at the 2004 Nokia Isle of Wight Festival. (Photo: Getty Images)
The normally reclusive Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center in New York City, looking fashionable as ever. (Photo: WireImage)