Mixner, David Benjamin Papers

Span Dates: 1924 - 2019
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 155.56 linear feet (258 boxes)


The papers consist of personal materials, correspondence, compiled family letters, clippings, subject and writing files, photographs, Vietnam protest memorabilia, and audiovisual materials that document David Mixner's life as a gay male, leader in the gay rights movement, author, and political consultant and advisor. Of interest to his work with MCC are photographs, 3 videotapes and conference recordings of his speech at the MCC conference XVI in Phoenix, Arizona, 1993. There are no other entries related to his involvement with MCC or other religious organizations.

Hist/Bio Note

David Benjamin Mixner, well-known activist, consultant, and author, was born on August 16, 1946, in Bridgetown, New Jersey. He graduated from Woodstown High School and attended Arizona State University (1964-1967) and the University of Maryland (1967). He became a political activist as a young adult and participated in the civil rights movement, the movement against the Vietnam War, and the anti-nuclear movement. He worked for a number of Democratic presidential campaigns, including McGovern for President, Hart for President (national co-chair), Gephardt for President, and Clinton for President (senior campaign advisor). Throughout his adult life he has actively worked with, and provided leadership for gay rights organizations, including Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE), Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and for organizations advocating for victims of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). He is the author of Stranger Among Friends,an autobiography; editor of Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage; author of screenplays,including Dunes of Overveen and Fire in the Soul, and was executive producer of House on Fire, a film regarding AIDS in the African-American community. His consulting firm, DBM Associates, specializes in public policy, and works with individuals, businesses, and governments, in the United States and abroad,especially on projects related to AIDS and gay rights.

Finding Aid

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This collection is held at Yale University Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, Connecticut.


Civil Rights Movement | Author/editor | AIDS | MCC | International Human Rights