Contains personal papers of T.J. Anthony, a gay activist who worked on social justice issues and shaped much of San Francisco's
political agenda of the 1990s.
T.J. Anthony was a gay activist who worked on social justice issues and shaped much of San Francisco's political agenda of
the 1990s. Born in Michigan and named Thesoloniki Richard, Anthony was raised in foster homes. He said his personal experiences
drove his commitment to help those less fortunate. He served as an aide to U.S. Senator Don Riegle of Michigan. He later worked
as a political consultant and was instrumental in passing the city's Casatrophic Sick Leave Program and Needle Exchange Policy.
He also authored 1993's Proposition X which eliminated city officeholder accounts. He was an aide to Supervisors Richard Hongisto
and Barbara Kaufman. Anthony worked with Kaufman on the city's recognition of same-gender marriage; non-compliance with state
Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant law; and the new City Charter. He advocated for women's reproductive choice and the state
of Israel, and worked to defeat Judge Robert Bork's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Anthony died in 1996.
1 carton, 1 oversized folder, 1 flat box
(2.0 cubic feet)
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