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Stephen E. Herbits
(1943 - living) U.S.A.

Stephen Herbits



Stephen E. Herbits grew up in a middle-class, "classic liberal Jewish family" in Pittsfield, Mass. He graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1972. Herbits was an original member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a founding board member of the National Leadership Coalition on AIDS and is a former chair of the AIDS Action Council. He has also been a vocal opponent of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

Herbits, a retired Seagram liquor executive vice president, consultant who has worked for every Republican president since Nixon; hired after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks as a consultant, by secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to help the Pentagon deal with personnel issues; he left his job to return to his home city of Miami to fight against a ballot measure to repeal a gay rights law (the measure was successfully defeated).


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