Philip Reed was born on February 21, 1949 (to November 6, 2008). He was the first openly gay African American member of the New York City Council, and a passionate HIV/AIDS advocate. Philip Reed was born in New York City, the son of a Black father and a white mother. He and a twin sister were raised in an upper middle class Manhattan environment of prep schools and civil rights activism; Reed would become involved in the 1969 Stonewall […]
Alan Rogers was born on September 21, 1967 (to January 27, 2008). He was an ordained pastor, a U.S. Army Major and Intelligence Officer, a civil rights activist in the gay, lesbian and bisexual military community, and the first known openly gay combat fatality of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The subsequent coverage of his death in the media sparked a debate over the effect of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and what information should be included in the biography […]
Lenny Yorke was born on August 31, 1962 (to November 15, 2008). He was a prominent fashion designer, and creative director for Style Management. We remember Lenny Yorke, and look forward to publishing a biography in 2018.
Earnest Hite was born on August 24, 1954 (to January 15, 2008). He was a respected HIV/AIDS and Black gay activist, health educator, and youth worker for community-based groups in Illinois and the San Francisco Bay area. He was also a frequent contributor to “BLACKlines” and “OUTlines” (now “Windy City Times”). Earnest Edward Hite, Jr. was born in Urbana, Illinois, the oldest child of Earnest, Sr. and Dorothy L. Patterson Hite. He was a product of the Champaign, Illinois public […]
The Honorable Charles H. Allen III, was born on July 23, 1953 (to February 17, 2008). He was a leading political and community leader in New Haven, Connecticut. Known as “Chuck” to his many friends and constituents, Charles H. Allen III was born and raised in New Haven, attended New Haven public schools, and graduated from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, and […]