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Bisexual activist Brenda Howard, who was a leader of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance in the early post-Stonewall movement, died of cancer on June 28, 2005 in Queens.
A militant activist who helped plan and participated in LGBT rights actions for more than three decades. Ms. Howard was a major player in starting the annual Pride celebrations that take place every year around the world. She coordinated the 1-month anniversary rally and the 1-year rally/march commemorating the Stonewall Rebellion, which became the annual New York City Pride March. Howard also originated the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day, called Pride Week. Most U.S. states and many countries and cities around the world now celebrate Pride Day/Week annually, descended directly from those first marches and rallies in New York City which Howard coordinated and created.
Howard’s activism included the Gay Activists Alliance; the Gay Liberation Front; the New York Area Bisexual Network’s Info Line; numerous groups at “The Center” in New York City; the 1993 March on Washington for Gay, Lesbian and Bi Rights and Liberation; and Stonewall 25 (1994).
Ms. Howard is survived by her partner, Larry Nelson. A funeral service was held on Sunday, July 3 at 10 a.m. at Schwartz Brothers Memorial Chapel, 114-03 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. The burial was private.
A memorial service will be held on July 31, 2005 at 12-2pm Room 301 at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center 208 W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011. For directions, see the Center’s website at http://www.gaycenter.org