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Chicago Activist Ogletree Dead at 58

Chicago Activist Ogletree Dead at 58


Renae Ogletree, a longtime Chicago LGBT activist and an administrator with the Chicago public schools, died Friday at 58, Windy City Times reports.

Ogletree had had a recurrence of lung cancer, which then spread throughout her body, the newspaper reports.

She had worked with numerous community groups and projects, including Gay Games VII, Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays, the Lesbian Community Cancer Project, the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, and the Chicago Police Department's 23rd District Gay and Lesbian Advisory Committee. She received the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Award in 1997 and was a member of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Ogletree had a long professional career in youth services. Most recently she was director of student development for the Chicago public schools. She previously worked for Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Better Boys Foundation, Chapin Hall Center for Children, and the Chicago Youth Agency Partnership.

In 2007 Ogletree discussed her activism in a video interview. Watch it here.

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