Tara Lessard of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, died on Dec. 26, 2019, at age 47 in her home after a five-year fight with metastatic ovarian cancer.
Dawn Munro, scientist, champion for LGBT elders and longtime trans activist has died after a brief illness. To all who knew her, she was a forthright, uncompromising and remarkable person. Her concern for trans people and trans issues was unwavering, and she was honored by Philly Pride Presents and Outfest for her commitment and activism.
Munro was on the boards of PFLAG, the Philadelphia LGBT Elder Initiative, the Philadelphia Police LGBT Liaison Committee and Sisterly LOVE. Munro was also an organizer of the Trans Day of Remembrance for the William Way Center.
Ted Faigle, artist and LGBT and AIDS activist, died suddenly on Aug. 21 at his home in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. He was 66. Faigle had retired from his position as an LGBT grants analyst at Drexel University in 2013.
A long-time fixture in the Philadelphia LGBTQ activist community, Faigle had been involved in the Gay Community Center and had worked at Giovanni’s Room Bookstore for years. He was also a co-host of the gay radio program, “Gay Dreams” on WXPN-FM.
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.