LGBT Author E. Lynn Harris Passes in CA – E. Lynn Harris wasn’t always a novelist. He had lived the earlier part of his life as a heterosexual – but on the “down low” as a Black Gay man. While at the University of Arkansas he was the first Black yearbook editor – as well as the university’s first Black male cheerleader. His “down low” life continued. Mr. Harris became a successful computer salesman for three of the leading major corporations after graduation – and lived in several locations in the eastern half of the country. While at a corporate conference in 1983 he met a person whose encouragement helped Mr. Harris to change his life. The person he met was Maya Angelou – and she strongly encouraged him to write. In 1990 he made some serious changes in his life – and then he moved to Atlanta to devote himself to his writing. His first book was self-published using the last of his savings – that was in 1992 when he published “Invisible Life”.
Nathan Runkle (age 24), founder of Mercy for Animals, was brutally beaten outside of a gay nightclub in Ohio on Saturday, December 27, 2008. Nathan, best know for his work as an animal rights activist was also voted as one of VegNews Magazine’s “25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians”.
Felix Pearson, age 19, Kenneth Monroe, age 27, and Darriel Wilson, age 20 were murdered in their residence in New Orleans on December 18, 2008. The initial reports indicate that the three men were gay and one possibly a transgendered person. Although the reason for the murder is currently unknown, the investigation has not ruled out a hate crime.