Dr. Louise Young (1947-) and Vivienne Armstrong (1948-) were LGBTQ
activists in Colorado when Young’s teaching contract was terminated
because of her sexual orientation. They moved to Dallas shortly
thereafter and quickly joined many Dallas LGBTQ organizations. Both
women were members of the Dallas Gay Political Caucus, which focused on
gaining equality for the LGBTQ community by having their voices heard
through voting. Young and Armstrong were also members of the Dallas Gay
and Lesbian Alliance and the Lesbian Gay Political Coalition of Dallas,
where they both worked to create a stronger LGBTQ community in Dallas,
advocated for equal rights and treatment in the workplace, and
fundraising and campaigning for political leaders that would support the
causes of the LGBTQ community.
Young began working for Texas Instruments, upon arrival in Dallas, and
helped to develop and implement a non-discrimination policy that covered
sexual orientation. She continued this work, helping other companies
create similar policies and eventually became the first female co-chair
of the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Council, and was a member of the
Out & Equal National Advisory Board.
Armstrong’s work as a nurse influenced her activist and social work in
the LGBTQ community, especially in the 1980s with the beginning of the
AIDS crisis. She was appointed by Mayor Annette Strauss to serve on the
City of Dallas Health and Human Services Commission from 1986-90, and
worked on studies and planning committees to determine the needs of the
HIV/AIDS community and service providers in Dallas.
These two women continue to support LGBTQ organizations in Dallas, and
work towards continued acceptance and equal rights for the community.