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Gore Vidal

Iconic American novelist, journalist, playwright — Gore Vidal dies at age 86

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A true literary giant in every sense of the word, Gore Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills from complications of pneumonia, according to a statement from his nephew Burr Steers. [ Read more → ]

Chick-fil-A VP of public relations dies unexpectedly of apparent heart attack

Saturday, July 28, 2012
ATLANTA -- Don Perry, the chief spokesman and Vice-President of Public Relations for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, died Firday morning of an apparent heart attack. [ Read more → ]
Sally Ride

Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, dies of cancer; comes ‘out’ in obituary

Monday, July 23, 2012
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died Monday at the age of 61, following a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. [ Read more → ]
Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom

An American Love Story

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Just over a year ago, my partner, Tom Bridegroom, accidentally fell off a roof while taking photographs of our best friend. He died a few hours later. He was just 29 years old. ... Because we weren't able to marry and because, young and feeling invincible, we hadn't had papers drawn up that would've protected us if one of us died, I lost all claim to Tom after he fell ... For those out there who do not think they know someone who's been deeply hurt by laws that prevent people from marrying the ones they love, well, now you do. My name is Shane Bitney Crone... [ Read more → ]
Gad Beck, with his sister Magot, in an undated photo.

Gad Beck, last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, dies at 89

Monday, June 25, 2012
BERLIN -- Gad Beck, a pioneering gay rights activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II German culture, has died, just six days before his 89th birthday. Beck was believed to be the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. [ Read more → ]
Alan Turing

Remembering Alan Turing, prolific computer scientist, ‘convicted homosexual’

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, a brilliant British mathematician and computer scientist who was highly influential in the creating what would become the modern computer, and is most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes during World War II. [ Read more → ]
Dad and I, c.1984

I am the man my father built

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Ultimately, Dad raised exactly what he valued, a man who steps up and asks stupid questions and knows that to soar you must risk the occasional, spectacular crash. On my best days I live happily as the man my father built, writing and living as an HIV positive queer for all to see and never afraid to take a risk... [ Read more → ]

Memorial Day includes gay and lesbian Americans, while the law does not

Monday, May 28, 2012
While all Americans have a right to serve openly in the military, without regard to sexual orientation, thanks to the repeal of the ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ law, LGBT servicemembers still suffer rampant discrimination with regard to marriage equality, green card sponsorship of binational partners or spouses and a host of other missing benefits caused by lack of equality under the civil law of the U.S.A. [ Read more → ]
Shane Sawick

Memories and Memorials — for the countless many, lost far too young

Sunday, May 27, 2012
For me, Memorial Day is about honoring not only those who died fighting for our freedom, but also those closer, lost to far different battles, particularly AIDS. ... And so, this Memorial Day, I’ll pause and honor the many of my own troops who have fallen in battle. They may not have had the uniform or the recognition of our armed forces, but the wars they fought were just as valiant, and I, for one, am richer for their many, varied gifts and sacrifices. [ Read more → ]
Harvey Milk

Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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 worldwide. [ Read more → ]

Donna Summer dead at 63

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Donna Summer. She was disco's biggest star. From the orgiastic "Love to Love You Baby," to the bittersweet "Last Dance" and "On The Radio," she could claim some of the most enduring hits of the era. Sadly, TMZ is reporting that the 63-year-old Summer died today, quietly, in Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. [ Read more → ]

President Obama remembers gay Holocaust victims

Monday, April 23, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday spoke at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to mark Yom HaShoah, or the Holocaust Remembrance Day, and during his speech the president referred directly to the homosexual victims of Nazi persecution. [ Read more → ]
Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi attends debut of permanent AIDS quilt display in Castro

Friday, April 13, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- An at times tearful Nancy Pelosi joined with local AIDS agency leaders and Castro business owners at the debut Wednesday of a new permanent display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in San Francisco's LGBT district. [ Read more → ]

San Diego LGBT, AIDS activist Mike Tidmus dies at age 60

Monday, January 16, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Well-known AIDS and LGBT activist Mike Tidmus of San Diego died Sunday. He was 60. Tidmus’ death was reported on his Facebook page by his brother. [ Read more → ]

He Died Waiting to Get Married

Thursday, December 8, 2011
A heartbreaking story out of California tonight. Last March, we posted this article about Derence Kernek and Ed Watson, who recorded a video for California’s 9th Circuit Court, requesting that they allow Judge Walker’s decision to overturn Prop 8 to stand. This request was because... [ Read more → ]

‘If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet shatter every closet door’

Sunday, November 27, 2011
On this day, 33 years ago, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White took a gun to City Hall and shot openly-gay Supervisor Harvey Milk five times — the final two shots had White pressing his gun directly at Milk’s skull, according to the medical examiner. [ Read more → ]
Hilda Solis

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis memorializes transgender Americans lost to hate

Sunday, November 20, 2011
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Friday issued this statement, marking today's 2011 Transgender Day of Remembrance, and memorializing transgender Americans who have lost their lives as a result of violence. [ Read more → ]

Community, allies remember victims lost to anti-transgender hate crimes

Sunday, November 20, 2011
Today marks the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance around the world, a day when the LGBTQ and allied community honor those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and seek to raise awareness of the ongoing threat of brutality faced by the transgender community. [ Read more → ]

More than 800 mourners pay last respects to murdered gay Scotsman Stuart Walker

Thursday, November 10, 2011
CUMNOCK, Ayrshire, Scotland -- Following an emotional ceremony at Old Cumnock Old Parish Anglican Church in the town center, a funeral procession of around 800 friends, family and well-wishers wound their way through the town of Cumnock to the town's cemetery, to pay their last respects to 28-year-old Stuart Walker. [ Read more → ]

Washington pays tribute to gay civil rights icon Dr. Frank Kameny

Friday, November 4, 2011
In a moving, and at times humorous tribute, official Washington and the city's LGBTQ community on Thursday paid its last respects to gay civil rights icon Dr. Frank Kameny. The ceremony was held in Washington's old Carnegie Library in the heart of the city Kameny called home for over 50 years. [ Read more → ]

Prominent gay rights leader Franklin Kameny, dies at 86

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders, died in his home today from an apparent natural causes. He was 86. [ Read more → ]

Longtime LGBT activist, attorney Paula Ettelbrick dies at 56

Friday, October 7, 2011
Longtime LGBTQ activist and attorney Paula Ettelbrick, a prominent LGBT activist who recently stepped down from her post as Executive Director of the Stonewall Community Foundation due to her ongoing battle with cancer, died today, just five day after her 56th birthday. [ Read more → ]

Lady Gaga performs tribute to Jamey Rodemeyer

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Entertainer Lady Gaga on Saturday performed a tribute for Williamsville, N.Y. gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Jamey, 14, committed suicide last week after enduring years of anti-gay bullying at school and online. He was laid to rest on Saturday. [ Read more → ]

Jamey Rodemeyer laid to rest

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Jamey Rodemeyer was laid to rest on Saturday. .More than 500 mourners, many of who were strangers, turned out in Williamsville, N.Y. to say goodbye to Jamey, a 14-year-old gay teen who committed suicide earlier this week after enduring years of bullying at school and online. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Remembering Tyler Clementi, one year since gay teen jumped to his death

Thursday, September 22, 2011
On this day one year ago, Tyler Clementi -- an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University -- jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge after a sexual encounter he had with another man was allegedly streamed online by his roommate. [ Read more → ]
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