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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In Memoriam: Activist and transgender pioneer Leslie Feinberg

By John Mack Freeman Leslie Feinberg passed away on November 15th. Feinberg was self-described (per Advocate.com) as a ” an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist.” Feinberg is survived by her partner of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt. Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues was a groundbreaking work on the complexity of gender that won […]

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In Memoriam: Gloria Casarez

By John Mack Freeman Gloria Casarez passed away this week due to complications from her five-plus year battle with cancer. Casarez is best known for her work as the mayor of Philadelphia’s liaison to the LGBT community. Via PGN: Nutter appointed Casarez as Philadelphia’s first director of LGBT affairs in 2008. In that capacity, she […]

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In Memoriam: Trans rights figure Lily McBeth, 80

By John Mack Freeman (Thanks to Ann Symons for the tip) Trans rights figure Lily McBeth passed away this week at age 80. McBeth was well known for transitioning at age 70 in 2005 from male to female while employed as a substitute teacher by several school systems in New Jersey. Upon returning, McBeth’s transition […]

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