Howard Cruse, a groundbreaking cartoonist who pioneered LGBTQ themes four decades ago, has died at the age of 75. Comment

Andy Vélez Remembered at Center Gathering


Andy Vélez Remembered at Center Gathering

Last Saturday evening, October 5, a crowd of well more than 100 came together at the LGBT Community Center in the West Village to honor the memory and contributions of Andy Vélez, an internationally prominent AIDS activist. Comment
Following a five-year battle with cancer, Alan Fleishman, a political organizer and Democrat who was central to building the LGBTQ community’s political power in New York City, passed away on August 27. He was 62. Comments (2)

Andy Vélez, AIDS Warrior, Dead at 80

Andy Vélez, an internationally prominent AIDS activist whose three decades of advocacy work resulted in improved drug access and civil rights for people living with HIV, especially in the Latinx community, died on May 14 at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. He was 80. Comments (1)
Lew Fidler, who during 12 years on the New York City Council played the leading role in rallying public dollars to address the stark shortage of homeless youth shelter, particularly those providing safe space for LGBTQ young people, died on May 5 at the age of 62. Comment
“Kaiser” Karl-Otto Lagerfeld, as he was known, the biggest name in fashion for half a century, died February 19 at the age of 85. Comment
Barbra Siperstein, a groundbreaking activist for transgender rights and trans visibility in Democratic politics — in New Jersey and nationwide — died on February 3. A native of Jersey City known as Babs, she was 76. Comment
Patricia Nell Warren, a journalist, poet, and author best known for her 1974 New York Times bestselling book “The Front Runner,” passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. Comment
Jim Levin, who played a central role in passing New York City’s gay rights bill in 1986 as both a gay activist and a member of the City Human Rights Commission, died January 24 in Austin, Texas where he moved three years ago. He was 78 and is survived by his husband, Leath Nunn, who was a principal dancer in a Venezuelan ballet company when they met in 1997. Comments (4)
Hector Xtravaganza, a longtime fixture in New York City’s queer ballroom scene, has died at the age of 60. Comment


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