July 2, 1944—December 22, 2015
Missed this when Windy City Times first reported it: Katherine “Kit” Duffy, Chicago's first-ever gay and lesbian liaison in the '80s, has died at 71 following heart surgery.
Duffy was instrumental in pushing for the city's gay-rights ordinance, was the first executive director of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, helped set up the Illinois Federation for Human Rights (Equality Illinois) and was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.
Duffy's friend, fellow activist William Greaves remembers her:
She was a wonderful, wonderful person. And smart. Oh, God, was she smart. And she knew how to analyze problems, how to analyze issues and how to organize people to get those issues addressed. She was generous with her time and her abilities, and she would help anyone. She reached out to so many people and helped them.
A memorial is set for January 31, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m, at Sidetrack bar (3349 N. Halsted St., Chicago).