dallasvoice.com - Arnold Wayne Jones
Whitney Paige, a popular Dallas drag queen who has held numerous titles, including twice Entertainer of the Year, Miss Gay USofA at Large and most recently Miss Continental Plus 2013, has lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.
knpr.org - Steve Friess, reporter, Politico
Veteran Las Vegas perfomer Kenny Kerr died over the weekend. Kerr's show "Boy-lesque" was one of the first hit drag queen shows in town. Kerr was 60-years-old. We discuss Kerr's career and how he paved the way for drag shows on the Strip.
southfloridagaynews.com - Written by Windy City Media
Former Miss Continental Erica Andrews has died, according to friends and colleagues. She passed away March 11 after a lung-related illness.
Andrews was the 2004 Miss Continental titleholder. She had moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Terre Haute, Ind., just under a year ago to be with her significant other.
windycitymediagroup.com - by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
Makayla/Michael Gwinn, a young transgender person whose life work was in mentoring fellow LGBTQ youth among other things died Feb. 16. Gwinn was 23.
An active performer, makeup artist and LGBTQ youth advocate, Gwinn loved life and worked to give back to Chicago's LGBT community, said friends. Gwinn, who identified as transgender, used the names Michael, Mikayla and Jaiden as well as both male and female pronouns (a choice that is reflected in this article).
Sahara Davenport of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' dead at 27 (Oct 2, 2012)
latimes.com - By Christie D'Zurilla
Antoine Ashley, better known as the drag queen Sahara Davenport who competed on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," has died at age 27.
"Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world kn... [more]
Bullied transsexual died after painkiller overdose (Sep 13, 2012)
thesun.co.uk - By Fran Wetzel
A transsexual student taunted and beaten for living as a woman died after taking an overdose of painkillers, her inquest heard.
Natasha Lauren Brown, 20, was born Charles Nicolas James Corcoran but decided to live and dress as a woman last year.
Melbourne loses De Luxe diva (Apr 3, 2012)
starobserver.com.au - Andie Noonan
Melbourne has lost another drag queen with the death of Adam Cormack (Kitty De Luxe) on Friday around 4.30pm. He was 30.
The drag identity helped establish the Victorian chapter of the It Gets Better Australia project to assist young p... [more]
Transgender Advocate Alexis Rivera Passes Away (Mar 31, 2012)
lezgetreal.com - Posted by: Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Word has come down that Alexis Rivera has passed away. The beloved community leader and transgender advocate in San Francisco. Memorial for her will be held in Las Angeles and San Francisco.
The Transgender Law Center wrote:...
Ashawna Hailey (1949 - 2011) (Mar 13, 2012)
Shawn Hailey - Ashawna - Oct 8, 1949 - Oct 14, 2011
Resident of San Jose
Shawn passed away at home in peace on October 14 at the age of 62. Shawn is survived by his children Neal Hailey and Nora Hailey and by his brother Kim Hailey. Shawn was b... [more]
Austin's cross-dressing, often homeless icon dies (Mar 8, 2012)
Austin, Texas (AP) - A cross-dressing, often homeless man who became something of a local icon in Austin has died.
Valerie Romness says her friend Leslie Cochran died shortly after midnight Thursday of complications from a brain injury. Cochran was 60.
Kabuki actor Jakuemon dies at 91 (Feb 24, 2012)
mdn.mainichi.jp - Mainichi Japan
Tokyo (Kyodo) -- Kabuki actor Nakamura Jakuemon, designated as a national living treasure in 1991 and known for playing female roles, died of pneumonia Thursday afternoon in a Tokyo hospital, according to Kabuki theater operators. He was 91.
Diva's childhood call not nunsense (Feb 13, 2012)
smh.com.au - Gabriel Wilder
Carmen Rupe 1936-2011
Carmen Rupe was a leading figure of the antipodean lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) community, known as much for her achievements in gay rights as for her flamboyant style and, in later years, her br... [more]
Transgender icon Carmen Rupe dies (Dec 14, 2011)
news.smh.com.au - AAP
Transgender icon Carmen Rupe has died in Sydney, aged 75.
She died in St Vincent's Hospital after months of poor health, the Gay NZ website reports.
Born in Taumarunui in 1935 as Trevor Rupe, it was after a move to Sydney in the 1950... [more]
Passages: Jami Bantry (Dec 13, 2011)
windycitymediagroup.com - by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
Jami Bantry, a transgender musician and volunteer at the Center on Halsted, passed away Dec. 2 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was 65.
Bantry was well-known for her work in Chicago's transgender community.
dallasvoice.com - Rich Lopez
We were saddened to learn Sunday that longtime drag entertainer Greg Smith, aka Shegotta Mustache, passed away on Sunday. At this time, we've only heard that Smith had cancer and succumbed to the disease this weekend.
xtra.ca - Richard J Dalton Jr
Vancouver - Benoit L Richard, a French-Canadian fashion designer adored by Vancouver's drag queens for his originality and generosity, died Sept 19 at St Paul's Hospital after battling liver cancer. He was 64.
For decades, drag queens turne... [more]
An elegant charm was her best material (Aug 21, 2011)
smh.com.au - James Waites
Rose Jackson, 1935 - 2011
Even people who never met Rose Jackson or saw her on stage might have gained a glimpse into her warm and gracious personality. Whereas Terence Stamp is said to have based his version of the transsexual Bernadette in th... [more]
Memorial for Vicki Marlane Sunday (Jul 14, 2011)
ebar.com - by Cynthia Laird
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, July 17 for drag performer Vicki Marlane, who died July 5 at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco. She was 76.
The cause of death was AIDS-related complications, her friends said.
sfist.com - By Jay Barmann
Beloved local legend Vicki Marlane died this morning at 7 a.m. of an undisclosed illness. She was 76. Nicknamed "The Lady With the Liquid Spine" for her trademark, sultry flexibility while lip syncing, Marlane was profiled in the New York Times two years ago... [more]
One of Vancouver's 'great unsung heroes' dies (Jun 8, 2011)
xtra.ca - Jeremy Hainsworth
Vancouver - The pioneer behind many of Vancouver's earliest gay clubs, John Stevenson, died June 1 in a Burnaby care home. He was 87.
Today's clubgoers would know Stevenson as the co-owner, with business partner of 34 years Don Whittaker, of... [more]