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PASSINGS: Clayton C. Peterson

Clayton C. Peterson, 74, of Rock Island, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.  A live-streamed...

James Hormel, first out LGBTQ U.S. ambassador, passes away

James Hormel, who in 1997 was the first out LGBTQ person to be appointed as a U.S. ambassador, passed away on Friday, Aug. 13. According...

Buff Carmichael remembered

Buff Carmichael II, 73, of Springfield, died at 6:25 a.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at his residence. Buff was born on July 2, 1947,...

PASSINGS: Buff Carmichael

Buff Carmichael, a long time activist and former newspaper publisher, has passed away. Carmichael passed away in his Springfield home the morning of Sunday,...

PASSINGS: Candy Parker

Candy Parker of Springfield passed away last week.  She and Jane Stricklin were longtime companions and married in 2019. They recently celebrated their 34th...

PASSINGS: Marsha Wetzel, Lambda Legal plaintiff and LGBTQ seniors advocate

NEW YORK — Lambda Legal plaintiff, advocate, and friend, Marsha Marie Wetzel, passed on Nov. 1, 2020. She was 73 years old.

Joyce Hale Wiley, 1940-2020

MOLINE — Joyce Hale Wiley, 80, passed peacefully at home in hospice June 14, 2020, as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Activist Larry Kramer passes at 84

NEW YORK — Playwright and HIV/AIDS activist Larry Kramer has died at the age of 84.

Aimee Stephens, plaintiff in transgender rights case, passes away

DETROIT — Aimee Stephens, the plantiff in a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging anti-transgender discrimination, has passed away from kidney disease. The Detroit News reported that Stephens passed away on Tuesday and had been in hospice care. Stephens sued her former employer, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, when they fired her after she came out as transgender. The business's owner believed allowing her to wear women's closed would violate the funeral home's dress code and he would be "violating God’s commands" if he allowed it.

Springfield mourns for student LGBTQ activist

SPRINGFIELD — Alex McCray, who has been working as an activist since his teens, died last week. The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported on Monday that the 22-year-old had been majoring in social work at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. The newspaper said the transgender man had been at the forefront of a bathroom access battle at Williamsville High School several years ago.

Community reacts to passing of LGBTQ activist Michael Bauer

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

Chicago drag performer GiGi Mayonaé dies after accident with drunk driver

CHICAGO — Drag performer GiGi Mayonaé died this past weekend following a serious car accident with a drunk driver. CWBChicago reported on Saturday that Mayonaé's...

Transgender woman found dead in NYC jail cell

NEW YORK — Layleen Polanco, 27, was found unresponsive in a jail cell on New York City's Rikers Island on Friday afternoon. She is...

PASSINGS: Chuck Renslow, leather community founder

Updated with comments from IML, Center on Halstead, and the Leather Archives & Museum CHICAGO — It was announced today that Chuck Renslow, founder of...

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