DIED: Robert Douglas "Colonel Bob" Collins, 74, of natural causes, in Austin, Tex., July 25. A retired colonel in the Texas Army National Guard The Texas National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. , Collins became so well-known for his philanthropy in Austin's gay community that in 1999 Mayor Kirk Watson issued a proclamation naming a day for him.
DIED: Ruth Waters, 71, gay civil rights and community activist and cofounder co·found
tr.v. co·found·ed, co·found·ing, co·founds
To establish or found in concert with another or others.
co·found of the national Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, of colon cancer colon cancer, cancer of any part of the colon (often called the large intestine). Colon cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. , in Pasadena, Calif., July 14.
APPOINTED: Ernest C. Hopkins of Washington, D.C, Kathy Levinson of Palo Alto, Calif., and Kevin Wayne Williams of Boston, to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is a nonprofit organization that supports grassroots organizing and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Founded in 1973, NGLTF works to strengthen the gay and lesbian movement at the state and local levels while board of directors, August 2.