- Ann Northrop
Ann Northrop (born 1948 in
Hartford, ConnecticutSchulman, Sarah. (28 May 2003) [http://www.actuporalhistory.org/interviews/images/northrop.pdf Ann Northrop Interview] ACT UPOral History Project. Accessed 13 April 2007.] ) is a journalistand activist, and the current co-host of TV news program " Gay USA".
Born in Hartford,
Connecticut, Northrop is a native of her mother's hometown, Windsor. Northrop's father was a pilot for United Airlines, and the family moved frequently, thus she spent most of her youth in the areas surrounding Hartford, Washington, D.C., Boston, Denver and Chicago. [http://web.mac.com/depeche7/Site/Ann_Northrops_Bio/Entries/2007/1/6_.html Meet Ann Northrop] "Gay USA". Accessed 4 July 2007.] Northrop describes her childhood home as being "very Republican."
When Northrop left home to attend college in 1966, she considered herself indoctrinated into a conservative viewpoint. College proved transformative for Northrop who said "I’m one of those very dangerous converts – someone who discovered a radical, leftist point of view, in my late teens and sort of traveled that road, ideologically, since." Northrop graduated from
Vassar Collegein 1970.
After college, Northrop worked for the "
National Journal" in Washington, D.C. She reported on all branches of the federal government which included The White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. After a year and a half, Northrop moved to New York Citywhere she worked for WCBS-TV on a program called "Woman".
After "Woman" ended, Northrop worked in WCBS-TV operations, was a freelance production assistant for ABC Sports, wrote for a nationally-syndicated newspaper column as well as "Ms." and other publications such as "
Ladies' Home Journal". Northrop acted as the New York officer for a study of thousands of straight and gay couples by Drs. Pepper Schwartzand Philip Blumsteintitled "American Couples: Money-Work-Sex".
Northrop returned to regular television production in 1981 as a writer-producer for ABC's "
Good Morning America". She was then recruited by George Merlisto CBS Newsin 1982. For five years, Northrop was a producer for the " CBS Morning News", planning, coordinating and executing the program on a daily basis. Northrop worked with the show's hosts including Diane Sawyer, Bill Kurtis, Forrest Sawyer, Maria Shriver, Phyllis George, Charlie Roseand Meredith Vieira.
In 1987, Northrop resigned her position at CBS, seeking a change. She chose to become an AIDS and homosexuality educator for New York City's Hetrick-Martin Institute for Lesbian and Gay Youth. After four years as an educator teaching and answering questions by youths and adults alike, she left Hetrick-Martin to pursue other interests.
In 1992, Northrop was the only openly lesbian or gay individual in the New York delegation to the
Democratic National Convention. She served for four years as a board member of the Gay Games which were held in New York City in 1994. Northrop helped create the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies, a gay think tank, for which she also served on the board of advisors. She wrote a weekly column for QW, a short-lived New York City gay magazine, and then wrote a regular column for " LGNY", a NYC gay newspaper. Northrop has also provided training for activists on how to deal effectively with the news media. She also helped found the Lesbian and Gay Alumnae Association of Vassar College.
Northrop has been a speaker at many events, including the 25th anniversary celebration of the
Stonewall riots. She is featured in several books including "Making History" by Eric Marcus, "Wolf Girls at Vassar" by Anne MacKay, and "Queer in America" by Michelangelo Signorile.
In 1996, Northrop became a co-host of the television news program "
Gay USA". She and fellow anchor Andy Hummpresent news "...devoted to in-depth coverage of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues" [ [http://www.freespeech.org/schedule/ Free Speech TV program description] ] on a local, national and international level.
When Northrop became an
AIDSand homosexualityeducator, she "...realized the issues were the same that had engaged her as an activist against the Vietnam War and for the feminist movement." Thus, in 1988, Northrop joined the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Powerin New York City, known as ACT UP/New York. She became involved in "direct action" demonstrations and was arrested approximately two dozen times for civil disobedience.
In December 1989, Northrop participated in ACT UP's "Stop the Church" protest at St. Patrick's Cathedral in
New York Cityby lying in the center aisle. She, along with 110 other protestors, was arrested.Crimp, Douglas. [http://www.actupny.org/documents/capsule-home.html ACT UP New York: Capsule History] ACT UP. Accessed 4 July 2007.] Northrop was later convicted on four misdemeanor charges.
came outwhen she was about 28, working for "Ms." magazine, and met a woman she fell in love with, Linda. Northrop and Linda were together for 17 years, and raised Linda's two children from a previous marriage.
* [http://web.mac.com/depeche7/Site/Ann_Northrops_Bio/Entries/2007/1/6_.html Meet Ann Northrop] at "
* [http://queer-justice-league.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2007-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&updated-max=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=17 Queer Justice League BlogSpot] to which Northrop contributes
* [http://www.actuporalhistory.org/interviews/images/northrop.pdf Ann Northrop Interview] for the ACT UP Oral History Project.
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