Pat (Richardson) Norman




Born Pat Richardson, January 21, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY and became lifetime partners with Karen Norman in 1983. In her career, she founded the Lesbian Mothers Union, 1971 while attending the Daughters of Bilitis conference in Los Angeles; community health worker, Center for Special Problems, San Francisco, CA, 1972-78; coordinator of lesbian/gay health services, Department of Public Health, San Francisco, 1978-86; lecturer and consultant, 1974-88; statewide director of training, Youth Environment Study (YES), Inc., San Francisco, 1988-89; executive director, Institute for Community Health Outreach, San Francisco, 1990--. Co-chair, California State Mobilization for Peace, Jobs, and Justice, 1984, 1988, National March on Washington for Lesbian/Gay Rights, 1987; delegate for Jesse Jackson, Democratic National Convention, 1988; Nelson Mandela Reception Committee, 1990, Stonewall 25 Organizing Committee, 1994. She was the first openly gay person hired by the San Francisco Department of Public Health to serve the lesbian and gay community and has helped initiate community response to the (AIDS) epidemic.

She broke ground in 1984 as the first out lesbian and the first lesbian of color to run for San Francisco city supervisor. She was a delegate for presidential candidate Jesse Jackson at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, and, in 1991, she was elected to the California State Democratic Party Central Committee. Norman volunteered with a score of AIDS advocacy groups in San Francisco. Norman has served on a number of boards of directors, both for women's groups and AIDS advocacy organizations. Specifically, Norman helped administer and direct the San Francisco Women's Center Building, the Women's AIDS Network, the National Gay Task Force, the Lesbian Rights Project, and the Human Rights Foundation. Norman also organized and co-chaired the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian/Gay Rights. She has been extremely concerned about the impact of AIDS in the African American community, particularly among African American women..

Awareness and education were exactly the goals Norman pursued in her work through the mid-1990s. In 1995 Norman provided recommendations to the State of California on HIV/AIDS prevention services funding priorities. She also directed the implementation of preventive care training programs and numerous street and community prevention and awareness programs. Norman accomplished her goals through her position as executive director of the Institute for Community Health Outreach and her work with various advocacy organizations. She served as co-chair of the State Community Planning Working Group and board president of the San Francisco Black Coalition on AIDS. Pat and Karen Norman became lifetime partners in 1983, raised six children, and by 1995, had seven grandchildren.

Pat's public life merged with her private life in the early 1990s, when she and Karen were featured on billboards across San Francisco in 1992. Numerous honors, including various awards from Ms. magazine, the Bay Area Women's Leadership Forum, San Francisco Mayors Dianne Feinstein and Art Agnos, the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays, Physicians for Human rights, and others