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Gilbert Baker, Gay Activist Who Created the Rainbow Flag, Dies at 65

2017-04-01T03:08:52+0000

Mr. Baker’s emblem, which he created in 1978, came to symbolize the gay rights movement. He described himself as the “gay Betsy Ross.”


Gay Brewer, Golfer Who Won Masters in 1967, Dies at 75

2007-09-01T04:00:00+0000

Brewer won the 1967 Masters as well as nine other PGA Tour events during the 1960s and 1970s.


Robert Wood, 95, Dies; Urged Christian Acceptance of Gay People

2018-08-28T22:09:51+0000

A United Church of Christ minister, he was the author of the 1960 book “Christ and the Homosexual,” a plea for equality that was rare at the time.


Tom Gallagher, Diplomat Who Became a Gay Activist, Dies at 77

2018-07-12T22:45:57+0000

He began his career having to hide the fact that he was gay. He ended it celebrated as a pioneer.


Gilbert Baker, Gay Activist Who Created the Rainbow Flag, Dies at 65

2017-04-01T03:08:52+0000

Mr. Baker’s emblem, which he created in 1978, came to symbolize the gay rights movement. He described himself as the “gay Betsy Ross.”


Theodore Van Kirk, 93, Enola Gay Navigator, Dies

2014-07-30T00:14:59+0000

Mr. Van Kirk, a navigator, guided a flight that, six-and-a-half hours after takeoff, reached Hiroshima with its atomic bomb just seconds behind schedule.


William A. Norris, Judge Whose Opinion Presaged Gay Marriage, Dies at 89

2017-01-31T02:09:28+0000

Judge Norris ruled in 1988 that the Constitution’s equal protection clause guaranteed the right of gay people to serve in the military.


Gilbert Baker, Gay Activist Who Created the Rainbow Flag, Dies at 65

2017-04-01T03:08:52+0000

Mr. Baker’s emblem, which he created in 1978, came to symbolize the gay rights movement. He described himself as the “gay Betsy Ross.”


Roy Simmons, 57, Lineman Who Later Came Out as Gay, Dies

2014-02-25T20:51:27+0000

Simmons, who played three years for the Giants and went to the 1984 Super Bowl with the Redskins, kept his sexuality a secret until 1992 despite a raucous social life.


Terry DeCarlo, Gay Leader in the Wake of a Shooting, Dies at 57

2020-02-07T20:10:38+0000

After 49 people were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in 2016, he spoke for the city’s L.G.B.T.Q. community on the national stage.



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Peter Brook, Celebrated Stage Director of Scale and Humanity, Dies at 97

Sun, 03 Jul 2022 15:07:16 +0000

He was called “the greatest innovator of his generation,” leaving an indelible mark with plays, musicals, opera and a relentless curiosity.

Bruce Katz, Pioneer of the Walking Shoe, Is Dead at 75

Sat, 02 Jul 2022 21:19:29 +0000

A third-generation shoe manufacturer, he built Rockport with his father and, before selling it to Reebok, campaigned to turn walking into a fitness movement.

Vladimir Zelenko, 48, Dies; Promoted an Unfounded Covid Treatment

Fri, 01 Jul 2022 21:46:45 +0000

A self-described “simple country doctor,” he won national attention in 2020 when the White House embraced his hydroxychloroquine regimen.



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