Lee Bennet Hopkins, 81, Poet With a Mission to Inspire Children

Lee Bennett Hopkins, passionate educator and prolific children’s poet and anthologist, died on August 8 in Cape Coral, Fla., following a hospitalization for COPD. He was 81. Many of Hopkins’s books have been celebrated over the years with distinctions and awards from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of […]

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GLBTRT Executive Board statement on the passing of Larry Romans

Via press release The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) family, along with all of ALA, are saddened to learn of the death of Larry Romans, director at large of the GLBTRT on Thursday. His service to the Library community was vast; Larry served on the GLBTRT Executive Board for six years and had been a member of GLBTRT since 1984, […]

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In memoriam: Poet and children’s author Francisco Alarcón

By John Mack Freeman Poet and children’s author Francisco Alarcón has passed away at the age of 61. Via Los Angeles Times: The L.A.-born Chicano poet and factory laborer who worked his way from adult school, East L.A. College and Cal State Long Beach to Stanford University died Friday of stomach cancer in his Davis home, […]

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In Memoriam: Author Bryn Kelly

By John Mack Freeman Trans writer Bryn Kelly passed away in her Brooklyn apartment on January 23rd. Via Advocate.com: A writer of fiction, essays, columns, and book reviews, Kelly, an Ohio native, moved to New York City after a stint in Michigan. Kelly was, at one time, active within the Femme Collective, and she participated in Baltimore’s 2012 […]

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In Memoriam: Author Jeanne Cordova

By John Mack Freeman (thanks to Nel for the tip!) Feminist and lesbian activist and author Jeanne Cordova passed away this week at the age of 67. Her 2011 memoir When We Were Outlaws was a 2013 Stonewall Honor Book in nonfiction. From the Windy City Times: Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne […]

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In Memoriam: Robert Spitzer, influential psychiatrist, dies at 83

By John Mack Freeman Influential psychiatrist Dr. Robert Spitzer passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 83 from complications with heart disease. Dr. Spitzer is perhaps best known for brokering the 1973 agreement that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality as an illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder […]

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In Memoriam: Poet Justin Chin

By John Mack Freeman Poet Justin Chin was taken off life support on December 22nd in San Francisco following a massive stroke in the preceding week. Via SF Weekly: In both his poetry and prose, Chin explored his identity as a gay Asian American.Bite Hard studies — in vivid detail — lovers and dreams, crabs and HIV. […]

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