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Activist, gay pioneer Arthur Evans dies

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Gay pioneer, writer, and neighborhood activist Arthur Evans, who lived at the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco since 1974, died Sunday, September 11 at his home. He was 68. [ Read more → ]
Walter Righter

Episcopal Bishop, LGBT rights supporter Walter Righter dies

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Walter Righter, a bishop in the Episcopal Church and a staunch LGBT supporter among faith leaders, died Sunday at his home outside Pittsburgh. He was 87 years old. [ Read more → ]

The Legacy of 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011
“It had such an impact because the loss was about death and relationships,” said Jennifer Pizer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, in a 2006 interview at the time of the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. “The grief and loss was the same between heterosexual and same-sex couples, and a perception of this seemed to come through to much of the public." [ Read more → ]
Billy Lucas

Remembering Billy Lucas one year later — a message of hope that it does get better

Friday, September 9, 2011
One year ago today, Billy (William) Lucas, a 15-year-old from Greensburg, Ind., was was found dead in a barn at his grandmother’s home — he had hanged himself. While Billy never self-identified as gay, friends report he was tormented for years because other kids thought he was gay. [ Read more → ]

Canada’s opposition New Democrat Party, LGBT advocate Jack Layton dies

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Right Honorable Jack Layton, a member of the Canadian Parliament, and a charismatic politician who guided the New Democrat Party (NDP) into the position of being the dominant opposition party in Parliament, has died. He was 61. [ Read more → ]

‘Fluke’ wind gust collapses outdoor stage — five killed, including Chicago LGBT activist

Monday, August 15, 2011
A sudden fluke windstorm that collapsed the stage Saturday evening at the Indiana State Fair, has claimed the lives of five people, including Chicago LGBT activist, Christina Santiago. [ Read more → ]

Lucy: ‘Some of the most gifted people I’ve ever met or read about are homosexual’

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Happy birthday, Lucy! The world is toasting America's favorite fiery redhead Lucille Ball, who would have turned 100 Saturday [ Read more → ]

Last believed gay Nazi concentration camp survivor dies at age 98

Friday, August 5, 2011
BERLIN -- The man thought to be the last remaining gay survivor of the Nazi Holocaust has passed away at the age of 98. Rudolf Brazda had been imprisoned by the Nazi regime for homosexuality and was sent to the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp in August 1942 and held there until its liberation by U.S. forces in 1945. [ Read more → ]

LGBT community loses an ally; former First Lady Betty Ford dies at age 93

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Betty Ford, who had won the hearts and minds of her fellow Americans and earned a special place in history for her strong opinions, brutal honesty and advocacy regarding abortion rights, sex, gay rights, marijuana and the Equal Rights Amendment, passed away Friday. [ Read more → ]

Remembering Justin Aaberg — in the year since his death, much has changed, much has not

Saturday, July 9, 2011
On this day one year ago -- July 9, 2010 -- just weeks after finishing his freshman year at Anoka High School in Minnesota, 15-year-old Justin Aaberg killed himself in his bedroom. In the year since Justin took his life, much has changed, and much has not... [ Read more → ]

30 years ago, New York Times first reports on disease that would become AIDS pandemic

Sunday, July 3, 2011
On this day 30 years ago -- July 3, 1981 -- under the headline "Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals," The New York Times reported: [ Read more → ]

For all the dads out there, and every man who makes a difference in someone’s life

Sunday, June 19, 2011
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. To every man who makes a difference in someone's life, and teaches people to have no fear. [ Read more → ]
Mark and Dad, circa 1984

For Dad: ‘I am the man my father built’

Sunday, June 19, 2011
A Father's Day smile for you: when camping under the stars with Dad horrified me, and how his wish that I "stand out from the crowd" produced a shameless activist. A simple story of love and gratitude. [ Read more → ]

AIDS — the most destructive epidemic in recorded history — turns 30

Sunday, June 5, 2011
On this day, June 5, in 1981, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta published a report of five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles. All of the men were described as "homosexuals" -- two had died. [ Read more → ]

Californians commemorate Harvey Milk’s legacy of hope, tolerance, and equality

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Today is "Harvey Milk Day," which is officially recognized by the State of California and celebrated worldwide. [ Read more → ]

amfAR pays tribute to Elizabeth Taylor for years of fighting HIV/AIDS (Video)

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor lent her voice to the voiceless, her iconic image to those who had previously been invisible, and her compassion and determination to a cause many others had shunned: the fight against HIV/AIDS. [ Read more → ]

Screen legend, HIV/AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, died today from congestive heart failure at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was surrounded by her four children. [ Read more → ]
Lance Lundsten

Bullied gay teen in Minnesota commits suicide

Monday, January 17, 2011
We’ve lost another beautiful life to bullying. Lance Lundsten, 18, an openly gay student at Jefferson High School, took his life over the weekend. Friends say that Lance suffered extreme bullying and harassment for years. [ Read more → ]
Adele Starr

Gay rights activist, PFLAG’s first national president Adele Starr dies at 90

Monday, December 13, 2010
Adele Starr, a Brentwood, Calif., mother of five who overcame dismay at her son’s homosexuality to become a leading voice for gay rights and marriage equality, and eventually the first national president of PFLAG, died Friday. She was 90. [ Read more → ]

World AIDS Day: AIDS pandemic nears 30 years, has claimed 30 million lives

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The AIDS pandemic is almost 30 years old, and in that time 60 million people have been infected with HIV, and more than 30 million people have lost their life to the most destructive epidemic in recorded history. Today is World AIDS Day. [ Read more → ]

Communities honor victims on 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Today marks the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance around the world, a day when the LGBTQ and allied community honor those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. [ Read more → ]
Brandon Bitner

Brandon Bitner: Anti-gay bullying leads to another tragic teen suicide

Monday, November 8, 2010
Anti-gay bullying has reportedly claimed another teen life. Brandon Bitner, 14, of Mount Pleasant Mills, Penn., walked 13 miles from his home early Friday morning to a busy intersection and threw himself in front of an oncoming tractor-trailer after leaving a suicide note at his home. [ Read more → ]
Corey Jackson

‘Spirit Day’ shadowed by news of another teen suicide in the LGBT community

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The LGBT community mourns the loss of another teen due to suicide. Campus police at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, police report the body of 19-year-old Corey Jackson was found in a wooded area of the campus. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Shepard

Remembering Matthew Shepard on the 12th anniversary of his murder

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Matthew Shepard was brutally assaulted on a lonely ridge overlooking Laramie, Wyoming twelve years ago this month. And on this day in 1998, he died while in a coma in a Fort Collins, CO, hospital with his family by his side. Much has changed. Much has not. [ Read more → ]
Shane and Shawn Walsh

Hundreds ‘celebrate’ life of Seth Walsh; details emerge of Seth’s last bullying incident

Sunday, October 3, 2010
It was standing room only at the First Baptist Church in Tehachapi, CA, Friday as more than 500 mourners came to bid farewell to Seth Walsh, an openly gay teen who died earlier this week following a suicide attempt 10 days earlier. Seth endured years of bullying for being gay. [ Read more → ]
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