"During the late '70s, through the '80s, and into the early '90s, I was an active member of a number of gay and lesbian organizations in Los Angeles. Most notable, I suppose, would be the Whitman-Brooks Foundation, the first and largest co-sexual gay and lesbian organization providing guidance in coming out, a training program for potential community activists, and education about gay and lesbian issues at two or three major conferences each year held at [University of California, Los Angeles], [University of Southern California], and Occidental College. I served as chair of Whitman-Brooks for several years in the late '80s."
In the 1980s, Ferguson served as chairperson of Whitman-Brooks and was presented with award recognitions in 1985 and 1994.
"The other organization in which I participated was the Triangle Project, the first community organization to address the problem of homeless gay/lesbian youth as well as other youth in need of sympathetic foster homes. For a number of years, we recruited men and women from the community to become licensed and to serve as foster parents for youth referred to us by numerous agencies including the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services. In the early '90s, due to faltering sources of funding, the Triangle Project was absorbed by GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services)."
Letter from Donald A. Ferguson, dated May 12, 2007.