Pioneering Gay Journalist Joseph Nicholson Dead at 71
October 11 2014 3:08 AM ET

Pioneering Gay Journalist Dies

Trudy Ring

Joseph Nicholson, often cited as the first openly gay reporter at a big-city daily, covered high-profile court cases, international affairs, and gay and AIDS issues.

Comedian, Gay Fan Favorite Joan Rivers Is Dead at 81
September 04 2014 3:13 PM ET

Comedian, Gay Fan Favorite Joan Rivers Is Dead at 81

Daniel Reynolds

The comedian died a week after cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure.

Lawyer Who Fought DADT Killed in Seattle Bike Accident
September 02 2014 3:06 PM ET

Lawyer Who Fought DADT Killed in Seattle Bike Accident

Trudy Ring

Sher Kung died Friday when a truck struck her as she rode her bicycle in downtown Seattle.

Legendary Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86
May 28 2014 11:56 AM ET

Legendary Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Sunnivie Brydum

The award-winning author and civil rights activist died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Trans Pioneer Christie Lee Van De Putte Dead at 61
April 06 2014 2:39 PM ET

Trans Pioneer Christie Lee Van De Putte Dead at 51

Sunnivie Brydum

The effervescent trans woman was one of the first to sue for the right to survivor benefits in the late 1990s when her husband died of alleged medical malpractice.

Frankie Knuckles, 'Godfather of House Music,' Dead at 59
April 01 2014 3:00 PM ET

Frankie Knuckles, 'Godfather of House Music,' Dead at 59

Trudy Ring

Knuckles, a member of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, played a key role in developing post-disco dance music and worked with many big-name artists.

Judy Shepard on the Death of Fred Phelps
March 20 2014 6:44 PM ET

Judy Shepard on the Death of Fred Phelps

Neal Broverman

Phelps made a name for himself at the funeral of Shepard's son, killed in a horrific hate crime.

Ill. Marriage Equality Pioneer Dead at 65
March 19 2014 3:44 PM ET

Ill. Marriage Equality Pioneer Dead at 65

Trudy Ring

Vernita Gray, part of the first same-sex couple married in Illinois after winning a court order, was a veteran activist in her hometown of Chicago.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead at 46
February 02 2014 4:52 PM ET

Philip Seymour Hoffman Remembered for Capote

Jase Peeples

The Academy Award winner was found dead today in his New York City apartment.

Washington Marriage Equality Opponent Dies
December 19 2013 9:10 PM ET

Washington Marriage Equality Opponent Dies

Trudy Ring

Pro footballer turned minister Ken Hutcherson was one of Washington State's most fervent campaigners against marriage equality.

WATCH: Lou Reed: Perhaps Bisexual, Definitely a Voice for All
October 28 2013 2:49 PM ET

WATCH: Lou Reed: Perhaps Bisexual, Definitely a Voice for All

Trudy Ring

Reed, rumored to have had relationships with men as well as women, was one of the first rock stars to feature gay and transgender people in his songs.

PHOTOS: Elegance and Honor, the State Funeral of Jose Sarria
September 08 2013 4:00 AM ET

PHOTOS: Elegance and Honor, the State Funeral of José Sarria

Christopher Harrity

The state funeral of legendary gay rights activist José Julio Sarria was a combination events: The social event of the season, a glittering photo op, and a deeply emotional tribute to a stellar figure in the LGBT movement.

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