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AIDS. Remember me?

Sunday, November 30, 2014
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On the morning of my 30th birthday, I checked my then-partner, Shane Sawick, into the hospital. He would not come out. Shane died just two weeks later, suffering from Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML); one disease, among many, battled in his long war against AIDS. Once in the hospital, the illness [...]

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Remembering lost brothers, sisters this 16th Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Today is the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and a day to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community. [...]

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Ex-Massachusetts Episcopalian Bishop Thomas Shaw dies

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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BOSTON -- Thomas Shaw, a gay monk who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for nearly two decades and championed Palestinian, minority and other causes, has died. He was 69. [...]

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For Matthew Shepard and countless others, the work to erase hate continues

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Matthew Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father’s wallet.
Sixteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old college freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie. He was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left die on the cold Wyoming prairie. Matthew was [...]

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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 16 years later

Monday, October 6, 2014
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On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn’t expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives. Aaron spotted what he initially thought was a [...]

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Transgender teacher who fought N.J. school boards dies

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Lily McBeth at her home in Tuckerton, N.J. in 2006.
LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. -- Lily McBeth, the teacher whose battles with school boards in conservative areas of New Jersey made her a reluctant symbol of the transgender rights movement, has died. She was 80. McBeth died Sept. 24 near her home in Little Egg Harbor after a long illness, [...]

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Gay music legend Bob Crewe dead at 83

Friday, September 12, 2014
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Bob Crewe, the veteran producer, singer and songwriter who penned a string of hits for the Four Seasons died Thursday at the age of 82. Crewe’s brother, Dan, confirmed the songwriter’s death, reports Rolling Stone: [...]

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NYC Gay Men’s Chorus performs at star-studded funeral for Joan Rivers

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Flowers surround Joan Rivers' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK -- Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that — like the late comedian herself — brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media. At a funeral [...]

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Longtime LGBT ally Joan Rivers dies

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan [...]

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Remembering LGBT health advocate Andrew Cray

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Last Thursday, August 28, the LGBT movement suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Andrew Cray. Andy had been struggling with cancer since October 2013. But before his diagnosis, and even during his treatment and the period of remission that was all too brief, Andy was a pivotal figure [...]

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