Henry Weitz, a long-time member of the Philadelphia LGBTQ community, died July 12 after a long illness. Born in Brooklyn, Weitz lived in Philadelphia most of his adult life.

“He will be forever known as a kind and gentle soul,” his memorial page reads.

Some people are so huge in life they deserve all the adjectives in death. Legendary lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer was one of those people.

Hammer died on March 16 in New York City after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She had been in hospice care. 


By all accounts, Barbra Casbar Siperstein was funny, smart and unafraid.

She was a champion of transgender rights and a towering figure in local trans history. Everyone called her “Babs.”

Siperstein died Feb. 3 of cancer at RWJBarnabas Health in New Brunswick, N.J., announced Garden State Equality. She was 76.

On an early Sunday evening, with the sun still shining brightly outside her door, a small crowd gathers around mixologist Ashley Coleman’s bar at Tavern at Camac.

As people wander into the Tavern’s dark glow, the bar’s sleekly shined piano and stool — one of TOC’s most famous elements — sit empty.

Stephen Wade Elkins, who spent a quarter-century working to make Rehoboth Beach, Del. a more open and positive place, died March 15 from lymphoma. He was 67.

Steve approached his illness as he did his life: with a sense of humor and resolve. But it was cancer. And it was determined.

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