February 6th, eveningAnthony Woods, former CD-10 candidate and LGBT civil rights advocate will be flying in from DC to be Stonewall's keynote speaker during our 2010 Carnival fundraiser. Mr. Woods impressed media pundits and the political elite by inspiring a grassroots movement that motivated the online, grassroots and youth communities across California. For a sample of Anthony's dynamic story, click the youtube clip above for his Human Rights Campaign speech during his 2009 campaign.
Anthony Woods Biography
[Snippets of Anthony Woods' official biography. To read his
entire biography click here.]
Anthony Woods may be young, but he has spent more time on the frontlines of important battles than most politicians do in a lifetime.
A two tour Iraq War Veteran, Woods earned the Bronze Star
and Army Commendation Medal for serving our nation in battle and working with
Iraqis to help rebuild their devastated nation.
Anthony Woods was born on Travis Air Force base in
Fairfield, California, and raised by a single mother who worked long hours as a
housekeeper. Overcoming numerous obstacles, such as a lack of health insurance
for most of his life, Woods fought to realize his dream of a quality education
and the chance to serve his country by earning a Congressional Appointment to
the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he served on the Honor
Committee, Commanded summer training for the yearling class, and eventually
graduated on the Dean's List.
While on leave from the Army, Captain Woods spent a summer
bicycling across the country to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. During
his second year at the Kennedy School, he reached the conclusion that he could
no longer serve in silence under the military's "Don't Ask Don't
Tell" policy, and was honorably discharged after standing up for equality
within our military.
Since his discharge, Woods has gone on to work in both the
public and private sectors, helping to craft economic solutions that put
Americans back to work and attract new high wage industries.