Legends by Year of Death

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  • Jeanne Brelsford

    Age at Death: 54 | Year of Death: 2013 | State last lived in: FL

    Jeanne’s love of life included her partner Kim, her motorcycle and activities with the Jacksonville HOG, her classic corvette, her four dogs, traveling in her …

  • Judy Kunza

    Age at Death: 72 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: Wisconsin

    Judy was employed by Western Publishing Company for 12 years and was the owner of Jo’Dees for 40 years, the only gay/lesbian bar in Racine. …

  • Reva Calesky

    Age at Death: 73 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: Massachusetts

    Reva L. Calesky owned and operated Feminist Financial Consultants in New York City for many years and had a great love of music, theater, and …

  • Rosemary Curb

    Age at Death: 72 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: New Mexico

    Also known as Rosemary Keefe, Dr. Rosemary Keefe Curb, was co-editor of one of the bestselling lesbian books of all time, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, …

  • Sharon L. Sievers

    Age at Death: 71 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: California

    Sharon L. Sievers was a history professor who helped pioneer women’s studies at Cal State Long Beach in the early 1970s and with others later …

  • Sarah Dreher

    Age at Death: 75 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: Massachusetts

    Sarah Dreher was a clinical psychologist and lesbian writer best known for her award-winning mystery series featuring amateur sleuth “Stoner McTavish.”

  • Bettie Naylor

    Age at Death: 84 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: TX

    A member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force as well as many other LGBT organizations, Bettie Naylor was an influential figure in Texan …

  • Janis Monaldi

    Age at Death: 60 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: FL

    Jan Monaldi loved nature, had a brilliant dry sense of humor, and was proud to be a lesbian.

  • Cary Lund

    Age at Death: 71 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: PA

    An outspoken member of the Pittsburgh lesbian community, Cary received a B.A. from The University of Pittsburgh in her self-designed major of Women’s Studies, Labor …

  • Susan M. Kuhner

    Age at Death: | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Susan M. Kuhner had a PhD in psychology and founded the Kuhner Institute of Multiple Personalities in Los Angeles. She loved to sing, dance, and …

  • Adrienne Rich

    Age at Death: 82 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Adrienne Rich, for whom the personal, the political and the poetical were indelibly linked, was a socially conscious writer whose poetry influenced a generation of …

  • Kim Marshall

    Age at Death: 59 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Kim Marshall was a feminist entrepreneur who was referred to as the “Mother of Computer Graphics”; she was politically active–believed strongly in the defeat of …

  • Alice Lee Brady

    Age at Death: 84 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: LA

    Alice Lee Brady owned a series of bars in New Orleans—The Mascarade Bar, Alice Brady’s, Mr. D’s Hide-A-Way, Brady’s—in which gay customers could safely gather …

  • Luanne Blaich

    Age at Death: 51 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Luanne was active in the Reclaiming Community, wished to be remembered as a Feminist-Witch, and was known by her friends and family for her love …

  • Maureen Dursi

    Age at Death: 66 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: FL

    Maureen Dursi’s sense of adventure led to a life of travel—including to Buenos Aires as a young woman,  to Alaska for for 10+ years as …

  • Cynthia Pallick

    Age at Death: 53 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: IL

    Cynthia Pallick was a proud gay parent and a former Calumet City, IL, alderman. She was passionate about community issues and supported many causes, including …

  • Kathy Bartlett Rardin

    Age at Death: 67 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Kathy Rardin, with her partner Kristen Loomis, created a Gay Info Line in Solano Country, CA, opened the Vacaville Book Company, and helped to found …

  • Lois C. Gaudinier

    Age at Death: 59 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: NY

    Lois C. Gaudinier, who was also known as Dragon Fire, was an Aries feminist, astrologer, and herbalist. She loved science fiction, soap opera, and chocolate …

  • Ellen Louise Pence

    Age at Death: 63 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: MN

    Ellen Pence was dedicated to ending violence against women and with others organized the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, commonly referred to as the …

  • Jenifer Diers

    Age at Death: 54 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Jenifer Diers was a social worker, teacher, and lover of literature. With her partner Esther Martino, Jenifer enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling, …

  • Heidi Jo Shelton

    Age at Death: 35 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: UT

    Heidi Jo Shelton was an avid photographer and loved the outdoors and sports, including camping, skiing, boating and the Denver Broncos. She was a proud …

  • Carol Sciacca

    Age at Death: 63 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: NJ

    Carol Sciacca was a landscape artist and a supporter of peace, justice, and human rights causes. She loved animals, the outdoors, and was skilled as …

  • Donna Marie Piepgras

    Age at Death: 63 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Donna Marie Piepgras was a devoted special education teacher who also was an active member of the Center for Spiritual Living where she served as …

  • Mindy Lederman

    Age at Death: 56 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: FL

    Mindy Lederman was a true Renaissance woman—an art teacher, food connoisseur, artist, sculptress, and massage therapist among other life endeavors. Mindy lived a life full …

  • Sandra Eldredge

    Age at Death: 73 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: WI

    Sandy Eldredge lived a life that was deeply connected to the natural world. In addition to her roles as mother, grandmother, lover, and friend, Sandy …

  • Chavela Vargas

    Age at Death: 93 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: Mexico

    Chavela Vargas was a ranchera singer who broke through stereotypes about women Mexican singers. A recipient of multiple music awards, Vargas refused to change pronouns …

  • Louise M. Hunkins

    Age at Death: 75 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: MN

    Louise “Tookie” Hunkins returned to Minnesota to enjoy family and friends in her retirement after a 45-year career working in New York City for Time, …

  • Susan Carol “Subie” Baker

    Age at Death: 63 | Year of Death: 2012 | State last lived in: CA

    Subie Baker was an architectural engineer who handled the challenge of experiencing a complete spinal cord injury with grace and resourcefulness.  Supported by her partner …

  • Jean Harris

    Age at Death: 66 | Year of Death: 2011 | State last lived in: California

    Jean Harris was known as “the lesbian Al Sharpton” for her flamboyant and confrontational style. A native of California’s Orange County, Harris was influential in …

  • Renee Hanover

    Age at Death: 84 | Year of Death: 2011 | State last lived in: CA

    An inductee in the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (1991), Renee Hanover was “…one of Chicago’s most cherished lesbian activists. She worked inside …

  • Rosemari (Sunni) Hansen

    Age at Death: | Year of Death: 2011 | State last lived in: FL

    Sunni Hansen was active in the publication Womyn’s Words and was known for her column, “News Notes from Sunni.” She loved animals, her own and …

  • Roseann Carcello

    Age at Death: | Year of Death: 2011 | State last lived in: CA

    Roseanna was a founding member of The L-Word, an ongoing Humboldt County, CA, lesbian newsletter. She had natural talent in music and art and was …

  • Elaine Sue Stocker

    Age at Death: 69 | Year of Death: 2011 | State last lived in: IL

    Elaine Stocker, DN, established Healing Hands Holistic Health Center in 1979 and was a licensed Doctor of Naprapathy. She loved drumming and was known for …

  • Therese Edell

    Age at Death: 61 | Year of Death: 2011 | State last lived in: OH

    Therese Edell was a pioneer in Women’s Music and well-known in association with the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. She was both a performer and a …

  • Debra E. Lang

    Age at Death: 55 | Year of Death: 2010 | State last lived in: IL

    Debra Lang was an emergency room and flight nurse at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL, and courageously battled metastatic breast cancer for 11 years. …

  • Judy Freespirit

    Age at Death: 74 | Year of Death: 2010 | State last lived in: CA

    Judy Freespirit was co-author of the 1973 Fat Liberation Manifesto and a leader of the feminist fat liberation movement.  A poet and an activist, Judy …

  • Frances Ann Day

    Age at Death: 68 | Year of Death: 2010 | State last lived in: CA

    Frances Ann Day was an educator, activist, and writer dedicated to lesbian causes and culture.  She was an editor of Sinister Wisdom, an author of …

  • Mary Daly

    Age at Death: 81 | Year of Death: 2010 | State last lived in: MA

    Mary Daly was a radical feminist theologian who taught at Boston College for 33 years. Dedicated to lifelong scholarship that involve the examination of misogyny …

  • Ellen “Mary” Martinez

    Age at Death: 68 | Year of Death: 2010 | State last lived in: CA

    A 25-year member of LB PRIDE, Ellen “Mary” Martinez was a political activist and advocate for the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender community. In May 2012, Martinez was honored …

  • Donna “Woody” Woodward

    Age at Death: 64 | Year of Death: 2009 | State last lived in: MA

    Woody Woodward was an avid world traveler and motorcyclist, a founding member of the women’s Moving Violations Motorcycle Club of Boston, and worked as a …

  • Joyce Trebilcot

    Age at Death: 76 | Year of Death: 2009 | State last lived in: MO

    Joyce Trebilcot, PhD, was co-founder of the women’s studies program at Washington University in St Louis and was the first woman to become a tenured …

  • Thea C. Spyer

    Age at Death: 77 | Year of Death: 2009 | State last lived in: NY

    A clinical psychologist whose practice continued until her passing, Thea was also an avid violinist, and golfer and dancer before she was diagnosed with multiple …

  • Barbara Gittings

    Age at Death: 74 | Year of Death: 2007 | State last lived in: DE

    Barbara Gittings was known as “…the mother of the GLBT civil rights movement.” A librarian by training, Barbara founded the New York chapter of the Daughters of …

  • Gloria Anzaldúa

    Age at Death: 61 | Year of Death: 2004 | State last lived in: CA

    Gloria Anzaldúa was a Chicana feminist-lesbian editor and writer perhaps best known for co-editing, with Cherríe Moraga, the landmark book This Bridge Called My Back: …

  • Barbara Jordan

    Age at Death: 59 | Year of Death: 1996 | State last lived in: TX

    Barbara Jordan was the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate and the first African American woman from a Southern state elected to …

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