I left the White House, wrote my first book, and signed on as the first executive director of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum
. For the next three years my sexual orientation consumed my identity.
1990 Mandy Carter organizes gay and lesbian voters in North Carolina in an attempt to defeat Republican senator Jesse Helms, Carter goes on to become field program consultant for the Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum
He's also on the national board of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum
and is trying to bring gay activism to historically black colleges and universities, long ignored by gay activists.
"On some level we really do believe that equality and justice are matters of choices," says Phill Wilson, founder of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum
. "We don't believe it's possible for all of us to be treated fairly.