Death of Barbara Gittings

July 31, 1932 - February 18, 2007
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania | Age 74

Gay rights activist since the late 1950s, dies at 74
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Barbara Gittings, a gay rights activist since the late 1950s, died Sunday. She was 74.

Gittings died after a lengthy fight with breast cancer, said Mark Segal, a friend and the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News.

Gittings helped organize the New York City chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, an early lesbian rights organization, in the 1950s. During her work with that group, she met her life partner, Kay Lahusen. Gittings edited the group's publication, The Ladder, from...

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