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 …

Funeral of Veteran Ulster LGBT Rights Leader

The funeral was held on Saturday the 17th of November of one of Northern Ireland’s best known LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights campaigners, PA Maglochlainn, who died from a long illness. Mr Maglochlainn was the president of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) and helped organise Belfast’s first gay pride event in 1991. As a member of the Social …

Gore Vidal

Read the obituary of Gore Vidal from the New York Times here

Allan Horsfall. An Obituary by Peter Tatchell

Allan was arguably the grandfather of the modern gay rights movement in Britain. He was first active for gay law reform in the late 1950s. In 1964, he founded Britain’s first ever grassroots, gay-led rights organisation, the Manchester-based North-West Homosexual Law Reform Committee, which became the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in 1971. In the 1970s and 80s, CHE was the …