The novelist, who also wrote under the pseudonym Esther Garber, was a pioneer among female writers.
The onetime Playgirl Man of the Year died last month at age 52.
Blake Brockington, 18, died by suicide after inspiring trans youth locally and nationally with his work to combat transphobia, racism, and police brutality.
Simon donated much of his life to animals and famously saved a "gay" bull.
Filmmaker and taboo-busting Playgirl model Dirk Shafer was found dead Thursday at the age of 52. Read how Shafer challenged the sexual status quo in this Advocate cover story on him from future New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood.
The Episcopal priest risked his career when he came out in the 1970s.