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Chicago activist John Pennycuff dies

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From Tracy Baim at the Windy City Times:

Pennycuff served for many years on the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Mayor's Advisory Council on LGBT Issues, was a member of Queer Nation Chicago, was office manager of Windy City Media Group ( publishers of Windy City Times ) for several years, had worked for the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce and for 35th Ward Ald. Rey Colon. He was also a volunteer in ACT UP, the Emergency Clinic Defense Coalition, Equal Marriage NOW, the Coalition Against Bashing, and many other groups. He donated to many organizations and political campaigns.

In 2003, Pennycuff was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. He used the occasion to hijack the microphone and push for a $1 million increase in city HIV/AIDS funding. Prior to the induction, he had also protested the event—a rare "triple" in activism: protesting outside, speaking out inside, and shaking the mayor's hand as he received his crystal award.

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