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In Memoriam
In Memoriam: Aristide Laurent (1941-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/31/11
Last updated on: 10/31/11
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Following a long battle with cancer, gay rights activist Aristide Laurent, one of the founders of The Advocate, died at his home in Los Angeles on October 26, 2011.

In 1967, Laurent, along with Richard Mitch, Bill Rau, and Sam Allen, founded the gay newspaper originally known as The Los Angeles Advocate. Laurent, Rau, and Allen worked at ABC Television, where they produced early issues of the publication in the studio's basement print shop. Under the pseudonym "P. Nutz," Laurent also contributed a night life column, "Mariposas de la Noche," to the newspaper.

The Advocate was established in the wake of police harassment of gay men in Los Angeles. Laurent himself protested against the raids of the Silver Lake gay bar known as the Black Cat that sparked a new level of gay militancy in Los Angeles. Later, in the 1980s, he was active in the Los Angeles chapter of ACT UP.

Laurent remained with The Advocate until 1975, when the newspaper briefly relocated to San Francisco. He stayed in Los Angeles, where he began publishing NewsWest, a gay newspaper that ran until 1977.

A native of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, Laurent is survived by two nieces and a nephew.

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