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Memorial gifts will honor LGBTQ activist Lloyd Copper

The family of Lloyd Copper, an Australian disco enthusiast, LGBTQ rights activist and sometime journalist, has established a memorial fundraiser in his honor. Lloyd took his own life last week.

Lloyd Copper (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Lloyd wrote eight articles for the Erasing 76 Crimes blog in recent months. Without him, the blog’s coverage of Indonesia will suffer.

In Lloyd’s memory, donations may be made to Rainbow Railroad, the Canadian organization that helps endangered LGBT people emigrate from homophobic countries.

In announcing the memorial fund drive, his sister Mary wrote about Lloyd’s life and his death:

Lloyd Copper dancing. (Click image to see the video via Facebook)

Lloyd Copper, my big brother, tragically took his life on Thursday, 16 May 2019.

Although being a proud gay man and LGBTQ activist, all his adult life Lloyd struggled with what was, at first external, but what became internalized homophobia.

Ultimately, this greatly contributed to his suicide.

He knew how it felt to be hated for being gay and because he didn’t want anyone else to be inflicted with the same pain, he strove to help others who couldn’t help themselves.

The family greatly appreciates everyone’s support and kind words. We ask that rather than send cards or flowers please direct any gift money to [Rainbow Railroad], the chosen charity of Lloyd’s. It’s what he would’ve wanted.

Here’s some info on the charity:

While we have made great strides towards equality in Canada, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer-identified (LGBTQ) people still live in basic fear for their lives in many parts of the world.

In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of the Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBTQ people as they seek safe haven from state-enabled violence, murder or persecution.

Rainbow Railroad strives to provide access to refuge to our brothers and sisters living under constant threat of violence and death.

Please consider making a donation so we can help LGBTQ people escape persecution, murder and violence. Your support will go directly to help LGBTQ refugees.

Donations to Rainbow Railroad and Rainbow Railroad USA are tax-deductible in Canada and the United States, respectively.

Articles by Lloyd Copper:

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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