At 21, Craig Rodwell had been a lover of then-conservative Republican and publicly closeted Harvey Milk who broke up with him in part because of his activism, leading Rodwell to attempt suicide. He later became involved in many of the crucial early events in the American gay rights movement including the first organized gay protest anywhere (1964 in New York City) and the first group protests in Washington DC and Annual Reminders in Philadelphia in 1965. He participated in the “Sip-In” in New York in 1966, opened the first gay book store in the US, the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in 1967, the same year he founded the first gay youth group in the US, Homophile Youth Movement in Neighborhoods (HYMN), was at Stonewall, and was one of the founders of the first pride march in New York, 1970’s CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. He passed on June 18, 1993. In 2019, he was one of the first 50 “pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes” memorialized on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor in the Stonewall Inn.