R.I.P.

Allan H. Spear, a former Minnesota state senator who was one of the nation’s first openly gay legislators, has died. He was 71. He died Saturday of complications after heart surgery performed Thursday, said Don Jorovsky, a longtime friend who used to work for Spear. Spear, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party – Minnesota’s version of the Democratic Party – was first elected in 1972 and was state Senate president from 1993 to 2000, when he retired.” [AP]