Bil Browning

Advocate Co-Founder Dies

Filed By Bil Browning | November 01, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: Aristide Laurent, gay history, gay icons, LGBT activists, obituary, The Advocate

Aristide Laurent, one of the co-founders of venerable LGBT publication, The Advocate, has tombstone.jpgdied at age 70 following a long battle with cancer.

Along with Richard Mitch, Bill Mau, and Sam Allen, Laurent in 1967 created the gay newspaper The Los Angeles Advocate; it would soon become a national magazine known simply as The Advocate. Laurent, an ABC television employee, produced early issues of the The Advocate clandestinely in the studio's basement print shop. Laurent used a pseudonym, as most did at the time, and wrote a nightlife column for the nascent publication.
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Laurent fought vociferously against police harassment of gays, participating in riots at L.A.'s Black Cat bar, which predated Stonewall by two years. Laurent was also active in ACT UP in the '80s, and attended the March on Washington in 1993.

Want to know the impact Laurent had on the LGBT community? You're reading part of it.

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RIP Aristide Laurent.