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 …

Allan Horsfall 1927-2012

Allan Horsfall To read a short account from Gay Star News of the life of Allan Horsfall, father of the LGBT rights movement, go here  

Shulamith Firestone Dies Aged 67

Shulamith Firestone, a US writer who took a radical feminist perspective, has died aged 67. Her most famous work is regarded as The Dialectic of Sex, published in 1970. It defined patriarchy and looked to an age when women could be liberated from biological dependence on men and childbirth. To find out more, go here

Gad Beck

Gerhard Beck, educator, author and activist: born Berlin 30 June 1923; partner to Julius Laufer; died Berlin 24 June 2012.

Asha Amma Dewi Given Moving Funeral

Asha ‘Amma’ Dewi, Malaysia’s oldest trans woman and a guide and counsellor to the country’s trans community was given a moving funeral in Kuala Lumpur on August the 8th following her death from a heart attack the day before. To read more go here.

Chavela Vargas April 17, 1919 – August 5, 2012

Legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas has died aged 93. Born in Costa Rica, Vargas emigrated to Mexico at 14 to improve her opportunities as a musician. Massively popular in the 50s and 60s, she came out as a lesbian at the tender age of 81. Chavela was a friend and possibly a lover of Frida Kahlo. She was also a …

Donna Summer December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

Troubled and occasionally troubling electronic disco diva Donna Summer has died at the age of 63. Whether or not she made that alleged statement about victims of AIDS, she performed free at concerts for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Either way she’ll be remembered best for the classic I Feel Love and the more controversial Love to Love You Baby, …