Our In Memoriam series pays tribute to LGBT individuals of note that have passed away.
Doug Ireland, political journalist, media critic, and LGBT activist, died on October 26, 2013 at the age of 67. His gay political writings were published by Gay City News, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, New York Magazine, and the Parisian Daily Liberation.
John Mitzel, writer and owner of Bostonâ€™s LGBT Calamus Bookstore, died on October 4, 2013 at the age of 65. Both shaper and historian of the cityâ€™s LGBT history, he wrote ten books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Before purchasing the bookstore 13 years ago, Mitzel co-founded the radical newspaper Fag Rag in 1971. Last year writer Mark Thomas Krone wrote an extensive article about Mitzelâ€™s rich life.
JosÃ© Esteban MuÃ±oz, writer and academic, died on December 4, 2013 at the age of 46. He was a professor and former Chair of the Department of Performance Studies at New York Universityâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts and wrote and edited books dealing with race, sexuality, and gender including Cruising Utopia: The Politics and Performance of Queer Futurity and Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Bully Bloggers wrote, â€œWe lost a fierce friend, a comrade, a wry and trenchant critic, a brave and bold queer voice and a true utopian in a world of pessimists.â€