Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Former Advocate Editor, Mark Thompson, Dies at 63

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Former Advocate Editor, Mark Thompson, Dies at 63

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MARK THOMPSON, LGBT rights activist, author, and former senior editor of The Advocate, died at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., on August 12, 2016, of unknown causes. He was 63.

"The Advocate was fortunate to have Thompson's innate and studied spiritualism at the magazine while it was transitioning from community chronicler to national news platform," remembered former editor in chief, Jeff Yarbrough. "Thompson gave voice to a part of gay life and culture that no one else could."

Thompson was raised in California and began his work in LGBT activism as a founding member of the Bay Area-wide Gay Students Coalition at San Francisco State University. He started writing for The Advocate in 1975 and would spend two decades covering the fight for equal rights at a pivotal time in the midst of the AIDS crisis. He authored many books including Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement. The book, published in 1994, included rare first-person accounts of Stonewall, Harvey Milk's election and death, and other major milestones in LGBT history that he had helped record as a journalist.

Former Advocate editor in chief Jon Barrett, who first met Thompson in 2008, called the book "my constant companion and guide when I became an associate news editor at The Advocate in the 1990s. …

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