Category: Obituary

Obituary: Merissa Sherrill Lynn, 1942-2017

| Dec 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Merissa Sherrill Lynn, 1942-2017 Merissa Sherrill Lynn was born in Exeter and lived in North Hampton, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1971 with a BA in Philosophy. She entered the United States Army in 1961 and served with a Ranger Battalion in Germany from 1961-1963. She was honorably discharged […]

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R.I.P. Rick Stafford — Fought for LGBT People

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

In 2008 the Democratic Party platform was trans inclusive for the first time. A big part of how that happened can be attributed to the chair of the Democrats’ LGBT Americans Caucus, Rick Stafford. Stafford was a gay man, HIV+ and a real fighter for LGBT inclusion in the political process. He passed away on September 2 and our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein sings his praises. Babs worked with Stafford for many years and today she reveals all of the contributions he made to the advances the community has seen in the past few years.

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Farewell to Liz Walters

| Feb 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

Elisabeth Walters, who served as the TGForum night life correspondent for many years, passed away on February 25. Liz started going out in the early 1990s. At ETVC she met TGForum founder Cindy Martin and they became friends. It took several months for both to realize that they shared an office cubicle as newspaper reporters at the San Francisco […]

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Obituary: Christine-Jane Wilson

| Jun 6, 2016 | Comments (2)

Our contributor, cartoonist Christine-Jane Wilson, passed away suddenly in her sleep on February 26. We just learned of her passing last week when we were contacted by her widow. Christine-Jane first crossdressed openly in the early 1980s after shaving off a beard she had worn for 27 years. She, like many crossdressers, started to experiment with […]

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Obituary: John Warrener, Glamour Boutique Owner

| Sep 28, 2015 | Comments (1)

John Warrener, the owner of the Glamour Boutique in Auburn, Massachusetts and the TGFashions website, passed away on June 19, 2015. He established one of the first trans oriented websites in 1996 and then opened brick and mortar stores in Auburn, Las Vegas, and Studio City, California catering to the clothing and accessories needs of the […]

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Jim Bailey Has Passed Away

| Jun 8, 2015 | Comments (1)

Renowned gender illusionist Jim Bailey passed away on May 30 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 77. Bailey was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born on January 10, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Sara and Claude Bailey. He had one brother, Claude. As a teenager he studied opera at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. In the 1960s he […]

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Trans Americans Lose a Champion of Equality

| Jun 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

On Saturday May 30, Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, the  eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden died after battling brain cancer for several years. Beau Biden was a vibrant supporter of marriage equality and transgender civil rights when he was the state Attorney General of Delaware. Beau Biden was the rising star of a […]

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Sleep Well, Cerise

| Sep 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

The trans community was stunned recently by the announcement that Dr. Cerise Richards had passed. She had been battling leukemia for eighteen years, and it resurfaced, taking her quickly. I met Cerise many times. And every time she took the time to talk with me. She read this blog and seemed to know everything going on in […]

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