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Gary Wright II
- LGBTQ Activist
- Corporate Executive - President & Chief Executive Officer of Clever Things, LLC
- 3D Animator using Blender 3d, Gimp, and Krita
- Creator of the Pride Against Prejudice™ project.
- Creator of the "Leelah!"™ animated series.
- Plaintiff in historic Alabama class action lawsuit that won statewide marriage equality (Strawser v. Strange)
- Pro Se Plaintiff in lawsuit against the corruption in the Veterans Administration (Wright v. United States, et al)
- Hardware & Software Engineering
- Expert on RADAR for military & civilian use
- Expert on robotics & software automation
- Veteran of the United States Navy (FC2/E5/Petty Officer 2nd Class - NEC 1143 Aegis FCS/ORTS)
- Plankowner of US Navy Aegis destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55)
- Recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal
- Awarded the SAR Good Citizenship Medal
- Victim of discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy
- Correspondence with President Barack Obama
- Correspondence with President Bill Clinton
- Correspondence with President Ronald Reagan
- Correspondence with numerous members of Congress
- Spent a day with the legendary Isaac Hayes
- Spent a day with Civil Rights hero Congressman John Lewis
- Spent a week with the mummy of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses I
Latest Media Appearances
On Friday, July 12th, 2019 I attended the Lights for Liberty Vigil in Huntsville, Alabama to close the concentration camps and stop putting immigrant kids in cages. The video of the event is posted on my YouTube channel.
I made a short video to address the issues at Owens Cross Roads Police Department after Police Chief Jason Dobbins hired former Madison County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Graves who mocked the suicide of bullied gay black teenager Nigel Shelby who attended my old high school (Huntsville High School). After posting that video, several citizens submitted tips on the public corruption of the town mayor, council members, police chief, and several police officers.
I attended the 2019 Rocket City Pride Parade in Huntsville, Alabama and here's video of the parade.
Read my op-ed posted at BamaPolitics.com on the importance of LGBTQ visibility after Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the children's cartoon Arthur that featured a same-sex marriage.
Read my interview in the American Bar Association Journal regarding the elimination of marriage licenses in Alabama.
Gay & Lesbian
Gary is currently working on writing a screenplay and book about the struggle for equality in the South. The movie has started pre-production in Alabama, and scheduled for final production in Atlanta, Georgia in 2022. Visit his Pride Against Prejudice project for a collection of online resources for LGBTs, their parents, families, and friends.
Gary was a Named Plaintiff in the historic Alabama Strawser v. Strange class action lawsuit which won marriage equality statewide, struck down sections of the Alabama Constitution as discriminatory, and obtained a permanent injunction against the State.
Gary testified at the Alabama Senate Judiciary Hearing against the 2015 HB56 Marriage RFRA.
In Huntsville, Alabama, Gary was awarded a CommUNITY Award at the 2015 Rocket City Pride Festival.
Gary is a proud ally and supporter of the Franklin County High School (FCHS) Gay - Straight Alliance (GSA) in Winchester, Tennessee. See my activism page for video and transcripts.
No relation to the musician famous for Dream Weaver, Gary Wright II was the guitarist and founder of the 80's rock band Struggler™.