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Issue Categories Archives: In Memoriam

Honoring Those Who Left Us in 2016

IN KEEPING with our annual custom, we remember here the lives of some notable GLBT activists, artists, and writers who passed away this past year. Please note that all deaths occurred in 2016 unless otherwise indicated.

In addition to those listed by name, we also mourn the loss of the 49 people who were massacred at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.

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Holly Woodlawn, Warhol Superstar, Dead at 69

  LOU REED immortalized Holly Woodlawn in the first verse of “Walk on the Wild Side,” on his 1972 Transformer album with the lyrics: Holly came from Miami, F-L-A. Hitch-hiked her way across the USA Plucked her eyebrows on the way Shaved her legs and then he was a she She says, “Hey babe, take […]

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Honoring GLBT Notables Who Died in 2015

  AS IS OUR CUSTOM, we remember noteworthy individuals from the GLBT community who have died over the past year. All dates are in 2015 unless otherwise indicated.   Activists Sydney Abbott, lesbian feminist and activist who died in April, was memorialized in the November-December issue. Sam Ciccone, co-founder, in 1982, of GOAL (Gay Officers […]

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Sidney Abbott: Sappho’s ‘Right-On Woman’

  SIDNEY ABBOTT, well-known lesbian feminist activist, died in a fire on April 15, 2015, in her home in Southold, Long Island. She was 77. Those of us who knew her remember Sidney as a pioneer in several fields of endeavor, as someone who helped to liberate consciousness from age-old shackles of ignorance and prejudice. […]

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Ronnie Gilbert, A Woman of Courage, Dies at 88

  RONNIE GILBERT, the bold and provocative female voice in the Weavers folk quartet (which also included Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman) died on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Ruth Alice Gilbert was born in Brooklyn on September 7,1926. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and her mother was a card-carrying Communist. […]

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Malcolm Boyd, 1923-2015: A Personal Reflection

  Malcolm Boyd, an ordained Episcopal priest and the author of two dozen books on matters of religion and gay rights and their intersection, died earlier this year at the age of 91. He received full obituaries in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, among other papers; what follows is a personal reflection […]

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Leslie Feinberg Beheld a World without Gender

IN Transliberation: Beyond Pink or Blue (1998), the late writer-activist Leslie Feinberg, who preferred the gender-neutral pronouns hir and ze, described hirself as “a masculine feminine”: “I do not identify as a male, so I don’t believe that I should have to change my body to ‘match’ my gender expression so that authorities can feel […]

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Honoring GLBT Notables Who Died in 2014

AS IS our annual custom, we remember here some of the notable artists, writers, and activists of the GLBT community who died within the past twelve months. Included this year are three members of Warhol’s Factory scene and four clergymen, listed separately at the end.

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Grow Up! Joan Rivers Had to Leave Us One Day

JOAN RIVERS is gone. Even after a few months, it’s almost impossible to believe, and like many deaths of celebrities we hold especially dear, it’s hard to imagine our world without them in it. I was an especially lucky fan—and I was an epic fan—because, as a journalist, I got to meet and interview Rivers […]

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Nancy Garden, Pioneer of Young Adult Fiction

  LITERATURE aimed at teenagers has been around since the 1940s, but it really came into its own only in the 1970s. The popular and never out-of-print Annie on My Mind, published in 1982 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is well-known for its portrayal of teenage lesbian love, and it is one of the first […]

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