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School Board Member

Roseville USD
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Longfellow Elementary School
  • Central Methodist College
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STONEWALL DEMOCRATS | Local Elected Officials - STONEWALL DEMOCRATS
www.sacstonewall.org, 6 Jan 2014 [cached]
*Gary Miller, Roseville City School Board
Stonewall Democrats of Sacramento
www.sacstonewall.org, 2 June 2013 [cached]
Gary Miller - Roseville City School Board
Green Bay Press-Gazette - In Brief
www.greenbaypressgazette.com, 7 Mar 2003 [cached]
We got about as good a deal as we could get, more than any other Newell Rubbermaid plant that has closed down," said Gary Miller, president of United Steelworkers Local 6499.
The union's exit package was adopted unanimously by membership.
WSJ Business & Features
www.madison.com, 6 Feb 2003 [cached]
"It's going to devastate this area," said Gary Miller, local president of the United Steelworkers of America."The company says it's going to do right by the employees.We'll see."
The company has cited Kmart's bankruptcy as one reason for the closing.Kmart was once Mirro's second-largest customer with annual sales of almost $40 million, but those sales have dropped to less than half that amount.
In March, Gary Miller, who ...
www.campkc.com, 25 May 2014 [cached]
In March, Gary Miller, who spent many of his early years in Kansas City, celebrated his 65th birthday with friends and loved ones in Roseville, Calif. Those gathered took a few moments to reflect on Miller's accomplishments thus far.
Miller was part of a pre-Stonewall gay rights organization headquartered in Kansas City. After he moved to San Francisco as a young man, he continued living out his beliefs in peace, equality and education. In Northern California, his appetite for politics and public service had him working for and witnessing many advancements in social justice, some of them incremental and others gigantic leaps.
He says he has served longer -- in various positions -- than any other openly gay elected official in the country with the exception of former U.S. Rep.
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Miller sometimes jokes that this is the reason he is gay. His aunt and uncle both came from several generations of circus performers. Considering his place of origin and his extended family's unusual occupation, Miller started life amid a diverse group of people.
According to Miller, his biological father chose not to support his mother and him, causing his mother to return to Kansas City when he was 2 years old.
Even before entering grade school, Miller displayed an independent spirit. His mother had placed him in day care in downtown Kansas City, where she or his older brother would collect him daily via bus. One day, no one came to pick him up, and while the day-care manager was across the street phoning his mother, Miller decided he knew the way and started walking the two-mile bus route home. When he arrived home, he was greeted by a policeman who invited him into his squad car. He then saw his mother in another police car and he started to cry because he thought she had been arrested.
Miller attended Longfellow Elementary School. During that time, the circus for which his aunt and uncle worked would come to Kansas City around the first week of March. Several times, his birthday parties were held on the circus grounds. For a kid, that's pretty great stuff. When Miller was young, his Uncle Dime, who worked as a professional clown, would put him in a costume and makeup to help warm up crowds.
During that time, Miller said, "I remember my friends would go to Fairyland Park.
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Miller attended his mother's alma mater, Westport High School, where he was the editor of the school newspaper, The Westport Crier.
"I had a girlfriend in high school," Miller said.
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It was during high school that Miller realized he was attracted to other men, but he didn't know what to make of his feelings. In his experience, homosexuals were drag queens or pedophiles. He knew that he was neither of those things. Therefore, he reasoned that he was not a homosexual. He received some counseling from a Baptist minister in Westport - the area where he usually hung out. The minister managed to convince Miller that he was not gay. So after his 1967 graduation, he was off to college to look for "the woman of his dreams."
Miller attended Central Methodist College (now University) in Fayette, Mo. There he heard the Rev. Vann Anderson talk to a religious club about gay people. Anderson said gay people were just people like everyone else. That statement and a romantic engagement with a classmate led Miller to realize that it was OK to be gay. He found his first love at age 19. It was with a man whose church had caused him to have all sorts of confusion about his sexual identity. After several months of dating, the man ended their relationship without bothering to tell Miller. Obviously, this was heartbreaking.
Miller had met his future partner Ronald Bentley at Phoenix House in 1968 before the aforementioned college breakup.
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Bentley was a good listener and was interested in Miller romantically, but Miller was faithful to his then-current relationship.
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"Ron lived above the Phoenix House, edited The Phoenixmagazine and was serving in the Air Force all at the same time," said Miller, who later wrote for The Phoenix himself.
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Miller went by Jerry Mills, and Bentley was known as Chris Gordon.
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During the first year of their partnership, the couple lived apart, as Miller was still away at college.
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Miller has many memories of the gay bars in Kansas City.
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Another was Yolanda, who only sang one song - 'Say a Little Prayer for Me,'" Miller said.
"Then there was The Tent or Arabian Nights; it had a bouncer. To anyone who appeared to be straight, the bouncer would say that this was a private club."
Miller said that many people would enter the Redhead Lounge via the back door so no one would see them entering a gay bar. He contrasts this with modern gay bars in San Francisco and New Orleans, which have big picture windows.
"There was a coffeehouse for those of us who were underage," Miller said. "Same-sex couples could slow dance together. We were told if the lights in the place flashed, that meant the cops were coming in and sit down, pretend to be straight."
Miller mentioned the rumor that many Kansas City gay bars of this era were run by the Mafia.
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Bentley and Miller moved to San Francisco in 1970. In 1971, they had a religious ceremony to affirm their union at the Metropolitan Community Church
"Even though we were young and in good health, we decided to have wills done just in case something happened to one of us," Miller said. "The attorney also suggested that one of us adopt the other. We thought this was a little excessive, but we did it and filed the adoption papers."
When Miller first arrived in San Francisco, he applied for a job at the phone company. The interviewer asked about his draft status, which was 4F (unfit for service).
"Why 4F? she asked.
"Because the military does not accept gays," replied Miller.
"We don't either. she said.
A decade or so later, with the help of gay law school students, Miller sued and won back wages.
Miller was a founding member of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, a group that combined his interests of politics and civil rights. He served as its president in 1975. He was a member of the board of directors (publications director) of the Society for Individual Rights, the largest gay rights group in the country at the time. He was also involved with the Council on Religion and the Homosexual and participated in a large number of Democratic Party activities.
In 1974, Miller ran for the 16th District Democratic Party Central Committee. He also helped with George Moscone's run for San Francisco mayor. Miller went to work as a lobbyist for the Society of Friends (Quakers), and he and Bentley moved to Sacramento in 1976.
During the Carter administration, thousands of Cubans left their country and headed to the United States. The Metropolitan Community Church, Miller said, "coordinated trying to find sponsors for the many gay Cubans who were arriving."
A young man named Orte and his brother came to Sacramento, and Miller and Bentley took Orte in.
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"He was 19 going on 13," Miller said. "He spoke no English and we spoke no Spanish. We got him into English classes and got him oriented to the U.S. way of doing things. He lived with us for at least a year."
In 1978, Miller served as the Sacramento campaign manager against Prop 6 (the Briggs Initiative), which was an effort to ban gays and lesbians, as well as anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California's public schools. After the defeat of Prop 6, Miller received a thank you letter from MCC's founder, the Rev. Troy Perry.
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Miller was the first openly gay (the term "out-front gay" was used at the time) person to serve on the Sacramento County Democratic Party board, where he was chair for eight years. Miller was a Clinton delegate to the National Democratic Party Convention in 1992. He helped form several Democratic clubs and was the first openly gay Sacramento human rights commissioner.
In a run for Sacramento City Council in 1981, Miller came in third. Regularly regarded as low-key or soft-spoken in demeanor, he was identified as gay during the contest, which may have played a part in the loss.
During the 1985 Robla Elementary School District election in north Sacramento, Miller had
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