Community reacts to passing of LGBTQ activist Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer
(Photo via AIDS Foundation of Chicago)

CHICAGO — People and organizations reacted Friday to news of Michael Bauer passing.

Bauer was a major force in many LGBTQ politicians being elected to offices.

U.S. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) released this statement on Friday.

“It is with profound sadness that I learned of the death of Michael Bauer. For over 35 years Michael fought for the rights of every citizen of our city, state and country with gusto, boundless passion, and a complete and total commitment to equality and justice. Always at the forefront of each battle the LBGT community has faced since the AIDS epidemic began devastating the community, Michael connected elected officials, business leaders, and non-profit organizations to elevate the visibility of the community and safeguard its rights. Inspired by his own mother’s story as a 103-year old survivor of the Holocaust, Michael understood that the future of humanity – of the LGBTQ, Jewish, pro-Israel, and civil rights communities, in particular – was dependent on protecting against oppression; he took the directive of ‘Never again’ literally and devoted his life to that end.”

Lambda Legal, where Bauer had been a past board member and had helped set up the Midwest office, also posted their condolences.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my longtime friend and former Lambda Legal board member, Michael Bauer,” Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal from 1992-2016. “Without him, there might have never been a Lambda Legal office in the Midwest. Because of his tireless support and hard work, we were able to open our doors in Chicago in 1993. Michael helped build the base of support that we needed to get off the ground in Chicago and establish Lambda as the national organization that it is today.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Bauer died Thursday night in hospice care at his home with his husband Roger Simon at his side.