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Gay Activist and Writer Jeffrey Escoffier Dead at 79

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The New York Times. The cause was complications from a fall, his family told the paper.Escoffier, who grew up in New York City, first made his mark as an activist in Philadelphia, where he moved in 1970 to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania.

He became president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Gay Activists Alliance, and in 1972 he founded The Gay Alternative, published by the organization.

Eleven years later, in San Francisco, he started another publication, Out/Look: National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly. He and his staff at Out/Look organized the OutWrite conference for LGBTQ+ writers.He wrote numerous essays on gay identity and the factors that shape it.

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