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Former Seattle councilwoman who came out last year at age 66 dies of cancer

| Friday, March 29, 2013
Cheryl Chow
SEATTLE — A former Seattle city councilwoman who announced last summer that she was gay and said she wanted to encourage others to tell their loved ones the truth has died at age 66.

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C. Everett Koop, ex-surgeon general who spoke out on AIDS, dies

| Monday, February 25, 2013
C. Everett Koop
C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, has died in New Hampshire at age 96.

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Charlie Morgan, fighter for LGBT military equality, succumbs to cancer

| Sunday, February 10, 2013
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Charlie Morgan, a Chief Warrant Officer of the New Hampshire National Guard and a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, died Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer, according to a statement by OutServe-SLDN.

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Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of New Yok City, dies

| Friday, February 1, 2013
Ed Koch, in a 1987 file photo. AP
Ed Koch, the mayor who became a symbol of New Yok City, died at 2 a.m. Friday from congestive heart failure. He was 88.

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David Kato remembered: A hero then, and a hero now

| Saturday, January 26, 2013
David-Kato
David Kato advocated for the freedom of LGBTI Ugandans and for their right to their natural born sexual orientation in a heightened climate of hostility and homophobia ... Today on this second anniversary of the death of Kato, his friends, comrades, human rights defenders, and LGBTI people around the world are expressing their love, comforting each other and extolling the virtues of this great hero, with comments, memories and prayer for the peace of his dearly departed soul.

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President of national gay, lesbian journalists’ group dies

| Thursday, January 17, 2013
Michael Triplett
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association says its president, Michael Triplett, has died. Triplett, who was an assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA, was 48. [caption id="attachment_73099" align="alignright" width="200"] Michael Triplett[/caption] The association said in an email that Triplett had cancer...

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Dear Abby, ‘always compassionate toward gay people,’ dies at 94

| Thursday, January 17, 2013
In this Feb. 14, 2001 file photo, "Dear Abby" advice columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips, 82, known to millions of readers as Abigail van Buren, signs autographs for some of dozens of fans after the dedication of a "Dear Abby" star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Phillips, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, she was 94. Phillips' column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice. Abby's replies were often flippant one-liners. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
MINNEAPOLIS — Pauline Friedman Phillips, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil and Oprah, has died. She...

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Jeanne Manford, pioneering LGBT ally, founder of PFLAG, dies at 92

| Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Jeanne-Manford
Jeanne Manford, mother of gay rights activist Morty Manford, pioneering straight ally in the gay rights movement, and the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), died at her home in Daly City, Calif., Tuesday. She was 92. Manford had been...

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Early marriage equality advocate Richard Adams dead at 65

| Monday, December 24, 2012
Richard Adams
Richard Adams, an early pioneer in the fight for marriage equality for gays and lesbians, died Dec. 17 in the Hollywood home he shared with Tony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years, his attorney said Sunday. Adams was 65.

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Pioneering AIDS activist Spencer Cox dies of HIV-related complications

| Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Spencer Cox, the the New York-based AIDS activist who was featured in the documentary "How to Survive a Plague," died Tuesday of complications related to HIV. He was 44.

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