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Chamber Lauds Activist Ray Hill

Hill passed away on Nov. 24 at age 78

Ray Hill, the celebrated godfather of LGBT activism in Houston, passed away on November 24 at age 78.

In a body of work that spanned more than four decades, Hill was instrumental in helping galvanize the gay movement in Houston, collaborated with LGBT advocates around the nation including Harvey Milk, was a staunch advocate for inmate rights and spoke truth to power all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a radio personality, a spokesman for those without a voice, a self-proclaimed "citizen provocateur" and a mentor to countless activists.

Leaders of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber lauded Hill for his role in shaping the movement in the Bayou City.

"Ray was a force for change over a tremendous 40+ year career," said Gary Wood, co-founder and board chair of the Chamber. "I am certain that without him, the Houston LGBT scene would not be where it is today."

"We stand on the shoulders of this great man. Ray leaves a legacy unparalleled in the Houston community," said Tammi Wallace, co-founder and chair-elect of the Chamber. "He was a voice to every LGBTQ+ person who needed an advocate and a force for good. He is at peace now. Thank you, Ray."

Hill died from heart failure following a long convalescence. He is being remembered by many local publications and news outlets. Click below to see a sampling of these obituaries.

OutSmart magazine: Legendary activist Ray Hill has died 

Houston Chronicle: Ray Hill, a Houston icon and civil rights activist, dies at 78 

KTRK: Ray Hill, Houston icon and civil rights activist, dies at 78

KPRC: Ray Hill: A life of fighting for equality 

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