John P. Ward|
(1942 - living) U.S.A.
John Ward was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Fordham University, magna cum laude, in 1964 and from Boston University Law School in 1976. He clerked for Judge Raymond J. Pettine of the United States District Court, District of Rhode Island in 1976-77.
He founded GLAD ( Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) in 1978 and served as the Legal Director of GLAD from 1978 to 1981. GLAD brought together a group of community people to respond to a climate of anti-gay hysteria which had resulted from sting operations against gay men in Boston and the creation of a Hotline by the local District Attorney to receive anonymous calls about "homosexuals involved with young men".
The impetus of GLAD's founding was to defend the men arrested, stop the Hotline, end the harassment and change archaic sex laws. In 1984, with the onset of the epidemic, GLAD expanded its mission to include the rights of people affected by HIV and AIDS.