Gloria Casarez

 

 

 

Age: 42

 

Summary: civil rights activist and director of Philadelphia's first Office of LGBT Affairs who was appointed as the city's first LGBT liaison by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008 after being the executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI) from 1999 to 2008 who had helped to increase resources and developed nationally recognized programs serving minorities and the transgender community during her tenure with GALAEI, and who later became a founding member and community organizer of the national housing rights and economic justice organization Empty the Shelters.

 

 

Cause of Death: Breast cancer

 

Born: December 13, 1971

 

Died: October 19, 2014

 

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania