William E. Woods,
a gay rights advocate best known for founding
Hawaii's Gay and Lesbian Center, died September
28. He was 58.
founded and directed the Gay and Lesbian Education and
Advocacy Foundation, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
him a lot of credit for the incredible energy he
had," Nancy Kern, said STD/AIDS prevention
coordinator for Hawaii's Health Department.
"He was a tireless advocate."
Woods was the
district chairman of the Democratic Party and head of the
GLBT Caucus, and was also an advocate for same-sex
marriage, according to the Bulletin.He ran
unsuccessfully for the state house of representatives in
Lance W. Bateman in 2003 in Canada. Bateman told the paper
that the best memorial to Woods would be "to become
or continue to be active in the fight for civil rights
for everyone, [and] public health education in
Hawaii." (Kandice Day, The