Sharley MacLean 1923 – 2013

Sharley MacLean, veteran lesbian activist and member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality has died peacefully at the age of 90.

Peter Pressland of CHE and Peter Tatchell pay tribute to a campaigning legend

RIP Amber Maxwell, a Rebel and a Fighter

The revolutionary socialist movement lost a great fighter on Saturday 24 August.

Amber Maxwell lived a difficult life. As a transgender woman, she found it impossible to find permanent work or accommodation. But through all her hardship, she put everything she had into the fight for socialism. Amber seemed to have boundless energy and enthusiasm for politics. Every week she would catch the bus from the homeless youth hostel where she lived to the University of Western Australia to help us build the organisation, sell Red Flag, fight cuts to higher education and campaign for refugee rights

Stewart Milk on Jose Sarria

On the sad passing of gay rights pioneer Jose Sarria: “Jose Sarria, founder of the International Court System showed us how to turn a night into a grand occasion and a grand occasion into a means of providing support for a diminished community . That support led so many who did not ‘fit in’ to actually proudly stand out, together, …

José Julio Sarria: December 22, 1922 – August 19, 2013

One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, José Julio Sarria, passed away quietly in his home in New Mexico this morning. He was 91. Mr. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. He was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in …

Mervyn Kingston – August 17th, 1947 to August 2nd, 2013

Mervyn Kingston was a priest of the Church of Ireland who affirmed the Church as an integral part of the community life of South Armagh; and who affirmed the presence of gay Christians in the Church. Until ill-health forced his retirement in 2007, he was rector of Creggan, Ballymascanlon and Rathcor, parishes that cover much of north Louth and south Armagh. …

Kate Crutchley Dies

Kate Crutchley, actor, director and LGBT rights activist has dies aged 69. Born in Wolverhampton, Kate trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama. She is perhaps best remembered by the LGBT community for her work with Gay Sweatshop Productions and for directing The Women’s festival at The Drill Hall. Read the Guardian obituary by Stella Duffy and Christopher …

Michael Brown Dies

One of the most long-standing LGBT activists in the UK has died at the age of 82. He was a founder of the world’s oldest gay Jewish organisations and an activist with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality as his close friend David Solomon explains. It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you about the death last …

Mary McIntosh

Here is an obituary of Mary McIntosh, the academic feminist and lesbian and gay rights campaigner, who died on January the 5th 2013, by humanist Ken Plummer

Richard Adams Dies

One of the world’s longest campaigners for same sex marriage has died. Richard Adams married his partner Tony Sullivan in Colorado in 1975. His marriage was legal within the state but when he sought to have his partner – who is Australian – recognised as his spouse a legal battle that has never ended was set-off. The couple were once …

Daniel Inouye 1924-2012

Daniel Inouye, a proponent of gay rights and the second-longest serving Senator, died Monday at the age of 88, succumbing to a respiratory illness. His political career began in Hawaii where he served as the state’s first U.S. Representative in congress when the state joined the union in 1959. A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior senator at the …