The late Randy Revelle changed my life (and many other lives) through a project not mentioned in his obituary.
In 1988, when he was a Seattle City Council member, he and Dr. Bob Bidwell of the University of Washington held a series of hearings on the needs of gay and lesbian youth in the city. I was a young health educator working for Public Health — Seattle & King County. I got permission from our leadership to testify at one of those hearings regarding the little we knew back then of the health disparities facing these young people. A number of young people spoke for themselves in a way that moved me and others to tears.
Those hearings led to the launching of the Safe Schools Coalition. My whole career trajectory changed almost overnight. Untold training events; policy and legal milestones; and classroom practices followed.
To honor his memory, we owe Randy thanks.
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