Jack Nichols (activist)

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John Richard "Jack" Nichols Jr. (March 16, 1938 – May 2, 2005) was an American gay rights activist. He co-founded the Washington, D.C. branch of the Mattachine Society in 1961 with Frank Kameny.[1] He was born in Washington, D.C.. Nichols led the first gay rights march on the White House, in April 1965,[1] and participated in the Annual Reminder pickets at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

In 1967, Nichols became one of the first Americans to talk openly about his homosexuality on national television when he appeared in CBS Reports: The Homosexuals, a CBS News documentary.[2]

Nichols died of complications from salivary gland cancer in Cocoa Beach, Florida on May 2, 2005 at the age of 67.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Washington Area Council on Religion & the Homosexual". The Rainbow History Project. Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  2. "Mike Wallace reports on homosexuality... in 1967". 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  3. Cattan, Pe; Videla, Nn (July 1976). "Jack Nichols". The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network ; Boletin chileno de parasitologia. 31 (3–4): 71–4. ISSN 0365-9402. PMID 1029476. Retrieved 2007-09-24.