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Elana Dykewomon, Acclaimed Lesbian Author, Dead at 72

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Acclaimed lesbian author and activist Elana Dykewomon has died of cancer at age 72.Dykewoman died Sunday at her home in Oakland, Calif., The Mendocino Beacon reports.

Her death came just 20 minutes before a livestreamed performance of her first play, How to Let Your Lover Die, about the death of Dykewomon’s longtime partner, Susan Levinkind, of Lewy body dementia.

Dykewoman had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer about a year ago, her brother David Nachman told the Beacon.“I know Elana was so excited about having this play in the world and about these performances,” Jennifer Brier, her cousin and literary executor, told the paper. “I like to imagine that she knew we were all gathered to hear her words and watch the amazing performance.

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