Legendary Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Legendary Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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

Trans Pioneer Christie Lee Van De Putte Dead at 51

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

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

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

Judy Shepard on the Death of Fred Phelps

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

Ill. Marriage Equality Pioneer Dead at 65

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

Philip Seymour Hoffman Remembered for Capote

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

Washington Marriage Equality Opponent Dies

Washington Marriage Equality Opponent Dies

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

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

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

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

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.

Joyce Brothers: The Evolution of an LGBT Ally

Joyce Brothers: The Evolution of an LGBT Ally

The well-known psychologist went from advising 'ex-gay' therapy to being unequivocally supportive of LGBT people.

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