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LGBT Activist Paula Ettelbrick Dies At 56

Paula Ettelbrick, a prominent LGBT activist passed away from complication due to cancer. She was 56.

The New York Times reports:

Paula L. Ettelbrick, a leading legal figure in the lesbian and gay civil rights movement who focused on defining ?family? in the broadest possible way, died on Friday in Manhattan. She was 56 and lived in Manhattan and Yonkers.

The cause was primary peritoneal cancer, said Suzanne B. Goldberg, her former partner, with whom she has been raising two children.

Ms. Ettelbrick?s long r?sum? included leadership positions in some of the more influential rights groups of the past 25 years: the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Ms. Ettelbrick was a prominent voice in asserting that the many kinds of families created by homosexuals deserved acceptance and protection. But her views, paradoxically, put her at odds with other lesbian and gay leaders over same-sex marriage and how much political capital should be spent in its pursuit.

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