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February 06, 2011

Jeff Coudriet dies; former president of GLAA & Gertrude Stein Democratic Club

Coudriet_by_Lawson Friends,

It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that Jeff Coudriet, former President of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (three terms from 1992 to 1995) and the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, has died.

At different times in his career Jeff worked for Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), D.C. Councilmembers Sharon Ambrose and Jack Evans, and the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. He represented D.C. on the Electoral College in 1996. He was smart and funny and wise, and it's hard to believe he's gone.

We will pass along information about a funeral/memorial service when we get it. In the meantime, if you have memories of Jeff that you would like to share, please send them to me (equal at glaa dot org) and I will compile them for a remembrance on GLAA’s website.

As one sample of his work as GLAA President, here is a link to his testimony on D.C. sodomy law reform from January 1993 (thanks to Bob Summersgill).

Rick Rosendall
Vice President for Political Affairs
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.

(Photo of Jeff Coudriet on Nov. 4, 2008. Copyright © Joel Lawson. All rights reserved.)

Update: The Blade reports. And Jeff's friend Susie Cambria reports that Jeff's family has announced details of services:

The funeral is being held in Endicott, NY on February 12 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Calling hours will be held from Noon to 1:00 pm. Services follow at 1:00 pm. Services in Washington will be held February 16 at 7:00 pm at Foundry Methodist Church.

@mikedebonis tweets, "Jack Evans' office says details aren't yet final for Jeff Coudriet's memorial service. Will update soonest." So hold on. We'll update as soon as we get a confirmation. (Twitter's strong point is its speed. That's also its weak point.) More from DeBonis here.

Here are reports from Borderstan and Georgetown Dish.

Bryan Weaver posts a tribute here.

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