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Canadian HIV and LGBT Advocate Jack Layton Died Today

Canadian New Democrat leader Jack Layton died today at the age of 61 after a bout with prostate cancer. Layton fought for HIV/AIDS activism since the epidemic’s start and whipped up votes to help get same-sex marriage passed nationwide in Canada. He leaves behind a wife and two kids.

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Aug 22, 2011
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    • PazMateo

      R.I.P. to a great guy. He really worked for positive social change.

      But, am I the only one who totally thought that was Jeff from Intervention in the picture??

      Aug 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sean Barron
      Sean Barron

      Just an FYI it was not prostate cancer. We do not know what cancer it was. He recovered from his prostate cancer last year.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim B
      Jim B

      Overlooked the most obvious political thing… Jack Layton was the Official Leader of the Opposition, the #2 party in Parliament

      Aug 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little Kiwi
      Little Kiwi

      Layton led the NDP to an historic win earlier this year. He will be incredibly missed. I remember my younger gay days in Toronto, and seeing him in the village – out talking to the community, getting to know us, hearing out stories, sharing his support.

      he marched with his amazing wife in our pride parades. this was a man that made me proud to be Canadian.

      you will be missed, Jack.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nineinchnail

      Even though Jack’s politics were very different to my own political views you have to admit that Canadian politics has lost a fighter.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jj

      this is terrible news for Canada. The ndp party made historic gains last election because of jack not so much because of the ndp itself. They better elect a new charismatic leader, and fast. RIP

      Aug 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matthew

      Rest in peace, Mr. Layton. You were one of our finest.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann

      It isn’t in me to vote NDP but I admired Jack Layton. He kept the left and right honest.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NSRob

      I remember the first pride parade I saw Jack at. Wearing his pink bandana and just so excited to be there – after his speech I realized why a lot of people liked him.

      Aug 23, 2011 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • holla

      He was also extremely active in protesting bathhouse raids in the 1970s, founding several community organizations for queer youth, and consistently advocating on our behalf. A great straight ally!

      Aug 23, 2011 at 10:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan

      I’m so glad this was posted!

      Aug 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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