Dick Leitsch

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Leitsch in October 2016

Richard Joseph Leitsch (May 11, 1935 – June 22, 2018), also known as Richard Valentine Leitsch and more commonly Dick Leitsch, was an American LGBT rights activist. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was president of gay rights group the Mattachine Society in the 1960s. He led many walkouts and sit-ins during protests to support the LGBT community. During the Stonewall riots, Leitsch was the first gay journalist to report on the riot.[1]

Lietsch died from liver cancer in Manhattan on June 22, 2018, aged 83.[2]

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  1. Franke-Ruta, Garance (January 24, 2013). "An Amazing 1969 Account of the Stonewall Uprising". The Atlantic.
  2. Smith, Harrison (June 22, 2018). "Dick Leitsch, whose 'Sip-In' was a milestone for the gay rights movement, dies at 83". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 22, 2018.

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