January 3, 2013
Bob Publicover dead at 63
Known as county’s longest living AIDS survivor
Bob (Pub) Publicover passed peacefully at home surrounded by the love of family and friends on December, 31, 2012. Bob, a life-long resident of Somerville was the former owner/editor of The Somerville News and worked hard to make Somerville “The greatest place to live!” He was a co-founder of the Somerville High Scholarship Fund, was instrumental in remaking Davis Square into what it is today, a mem-ber of the Somerville Home Board of Trustees, and was both prominent and respected in local politics. He was a proud member of the Masons (King Solomon’s Lodge) and a much adored Dad Advisor with the Boston Chapter of DeMolay.
—Courtesy The Somerville News
January 10, 2013
Jeanne Manford, PFLAG founder, dies at 92
“I have a homosexual son, and I love him.”
Jeanne Manford, the founder of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, died Tuesday, January 8 at her home in Daly City, Calif. She was 92.
Community mourns Joe Gage
Joe Gage was an active Cambridge Boston Volleyball Association (CBVA) member for many years, having served as the Treasurer on the executive board. According to their website “He was a great player, always bringing vitality, warmth, and dedication onto the court. It was al- ways a pleasure being on his team.”
March 14, 2103
Helaine Zimmerman, dead at 75
Activist, Aunt to Boston Spirit publisher David Zimmerman
The LGBT community of Greater Boston and Provincetown lost one of its most colorful personalities last Wednesday (March 6) when Helaine Zimmerman, 75, died of cancer at her home in Mashpee with her spouse Thalia Verros and several friends by her side.
Helaine was a social worker for more than 50 years for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Social Services and later for Communities for People (CFP), a private agency. She also instructed young social workers for CFP in how to do their job as effectively as she had in helping troubled youth find safety.
June 13, 2013
Longtime AIDS Action Volunteer Hank Theosian
Henry “Hank” Theosian, a longtime volun-teer at AIDS Action Committee who befriend-ed everyone at the agency from the front desk receptionist to the CEO, died May 15 after a brief illness. He was 79 years old.
Theosian, who would have turned 80 in August, began volunteering for AIDS Action sometime in the 1990s. He became such a fixture at the organization that few who are em-ployed there now can remember a time with- out him. A longtime survivor of HIV, Theosian was a boisterous ambassador for AIDS Action, talking up the agency and its work to whom-ever he met.
— AIDS Action Committee
DJ Linda Lowell, dead at 56
Linda Lowell, of Chelmsford, died Monday, June 10, 2013 at Lowell General Hospital following a brief illness. Lowell was a popular and award winning DJ over the past three decades— appearing at the annual Pride Esme Block Party, Dyke Night, and in earlier years Friend’s Landing and Indigo.
She was scheduled to spin at last Saturday’s Esme Block Party but cancelled due to illness. Harry Collings, producer of the event, said, “Linda was a wonderful full-of-life person who pleased the block party audience for many years. We are saddened by her death. She will be missed.”
Prior to her illness, Linda was employed for many years as the Chief Quality Officer by Spotlight Risk Services in Lowell. She was also a Town Meeting Representative for the Town of Chelmsford.
June 20, 2013
The eternally fabulous Joan Parker
The late philanthropist was the widow of the late mystery writer Robert B.Parker, and supporter of many LGBT organizations
Joan was one of my dearest friends. We became close quickly, as she spent countless hard-working hours cham-pioning The Theater Offensive. Her participation was extraordinarily fortunate for a little queer activist theater company. Y’see, Joan also happened to be one of New England’s most influential philanthropists.
—Abe Rybeck, Executive Artistic Director, Theater Offensive
March 21, 2013
The Boston Phoenix
A generation of straights raised by The Phoenix
As the nation finally finds itself on the right side of marriage equality, Boston loses an ally in the fight for LGBT civil rights—The Boston Phoenix. As you have certainly heard by now, The Phoenix Media Com-munications Group published the last issue of the 47 year-old Boston Phoenix on March 14, 2013.
What you may not know is how important The Phoenix was to the advancement of our rights. Rarely, and rightly, newspapers don’t get credit for civil rights victories. An advocacy paper like The Phoenix will earn community recognitions, but often their role in shaping a movement stays behind the scenes.
April 11, 2013
Fresh Fruit Productions
After 13 years, colorful cabaret Fresh Fruit Productions says the time is ripe to say goodbye
It’s been a bushel of laughs, even when their un-PC humor was driving more straight-laced audience members bananas. (Obligation for fruit puns: satisfied.) But the fabulous foursome in Fresh Fruit – a music, comedy, and drag theater act that has brightened Boston’s stages since 2000
– has decided their current show at Club Cafe, Fresh Fruit Has Sex-A- Peel, will be the last.
Don’t cry for them, Argentina. (Or even you, South End.) Though the goodbye is bittersweet, the Fruits say they’re happy to be going out while they’re still at their sassiest, smartest, and yes – freshest.