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Gay music legend Bob Crewe dead at 83

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Bob Crewe
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 befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay ...

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Longtime LGBT ally Joan Rivers dies

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers
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 doctor's office following a routine procedure. ...

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Remembering LGBT health advocate Andrew Cray

Think Progress | 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 in the struggle for LGBT rights. Despite the too few years we had with him, he was a champion...

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A gay dad’s requiem for Robin Williams, the icon of the modern father

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Robin Williams
There was a deeper profound loss in the news for me in learning of Robin Williams' death, something very personal, and it took a night of sleep for me to fully get a sense as to what it is. I am a dad. It is the part of my being with which I identify first and most strongly. As I awoke this morning, the first morning of a Robin Williams-less world, I felt a loss in the definition of what it is to be a dad...

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 26, 2014
AP (File)
Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
Harvey Milk
Today is “Harvey Milk Day,” a day of honor for the slain gay rights activist, which is officially recognized by the State of California and celebrated by gay rights advocates worldwide.

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Vernita Gray, gay rights activist and among the first to marry in Ill., has died

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Charles Rex Arbogast, APVernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert, smile after their wedding ceremony in Chicago on November 27, 2013. They were the first couple to be married after the gay marriage law was signed by the governor.
CHICAGO -- A gay rights activist, who was one half of the first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois, has died at age 65. Family friend Jim Bennett says Vernita Gray died late Tuesday of cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in late November.

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Remembering Larry King

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lawrence King, murdered Feb 12, 2008.
Today I remember Larry King, who was killed six years ago. On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, 14-year old Brandon McInerney brought a gun to E.O. Green Junior High School, stood up in the middle of class and shot 15 year-old Larry King twice in the back of the head. A few days later Larry was taken off of life support. Like so many other LGBT youth of color, Larry spent his life navigating violent and unsupportive foster care and educational institutions...

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Catholic priest once condemned by Vatican for his ministry to gays dies

| Thursday, January 2, 2014
Rev. Robert Nugent
BALTIMORE — A Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Vatican for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died.

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