In memoriam: Kay Tobin Lahusen, 1930-2021

Kay Tobin Lahusen, photographer and gay rights pioneer (and partner for 46 years of the late Barbara Gittings) passed away late last month at the age of 91. She was known as the first openly gay photojournalist and her work documented some of the movement’s early campaigns and demonstrations during the pre-Stonewall era. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/gay-rights-pioneer-photojournalist-kay-tobin-lahusen-dies-91-n1268913 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/us/kay-tobin-lahusen-gay-rights-activist-and-photographer-dies-at-91.html […]

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“Brooklyn Fragrance Lover” Carlos J. Powell dies at 56

Openly gay Carlos J. Powell sold shoes by day, and by night vlogged about his deepest passion: perfume.  Known to his YouTube fans as “Brooklyn Fragrance Lover,” Carlos Powell died last month at the age of 56. This beautiful profile story appeared in the March 18th New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/style/perfume-youtube.html You can see the videos […]

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Jan Morris dies at 94

Jan Morris, celebrated writer and transgender pioneer has died at the age of 94. Morris was revered for her journalism, histories, travel writings and her groundbreaking 1974 transition memoir, Conundrum. She herself rejected the term “travel writer” saying her books were “about place, which [is] nothing to do with movement” and in writing about her […]

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Transgender rights activist and blog writer Monica Roberts killed in accident

Transgender rights activist and blog writer Monica Roberts was killed in a hit and run as she took out her trash.  She lived in Houston, TX, and was known for her activism and ground-breaking blog TransGriot.  She was 58 years old. https://abc13.com/society/trans-rights-advocate-identified-as-hit-and-run-victim/6873285/ https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2020/10/08/monica-roberts-pioneering-acclaimed-transgriot-blogger-has-died You can read the blog at this link: https://transgriot.blogspot.com/

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Author Randall Kenan passes away at 57

Award winning writer and professor Randall Kenan has died at the age of 57. Kenan explored Black gay life in the South with story collections (Let the Dead Bury Their Dead) and a novel (A Visitation of Spirits) and also edited a collection of James Baldwin non-fiction (The Cross of Redemption). His most recent collection […]

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