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Scott A. Safier
(1963 - living) U.S.A.

Scott A. Safier

Gay activist

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Scott Safier of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Psychology, and openly gay, is the webmaster and computer programmer for BodyMedia, a wearable computer firm.

A former member of the research staff at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked in the Robotics Institute of the School of Computer Science, while there he was an very early adopter of the World Wide Web, and Safier's collection of articles and papers on gay-rights-related topics was among the first published on the Web.

Scott and his partner Champ went to Vermont in 2000, taking advantage of that state's law recognizing civil unions. They had a ceremony of civil union.

In 2004, Scott founded Steel City Stonewall Democrats in Pittsburgh. He was also elected to the National Board of Stonewall Democrats, where he is currently serving as Vice Chair for Fundraising. From 1999-2007, he served on the board of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he was eventually elected First Vice President. Scott was also elected to the state board of ACLU of Pennsylvania where he served at Treasurer.

In 2004, Scott was appointed to the Platform Committee of the Democratic National Convention. At the meeting of the platform committee, he advocated for an amendment to make the platform inclusive of transgender equality. While the amendement was withdrawn at the request of the transgender delegation, Scott did give a nationally televised speech on the need for the Democratic Party to be trans-inclusive. For this work, the transgender delegation to the 2004 Democratic Convention gave Scott an award. He was also awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from National Stonewall Democrats.

In 2007, Scott and his partner Champ left Pittsburgh. They now live in Manhattan and Scott works at Google.

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Website: http://www.pink-triangle.org/scott/

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