A pioneer of gay rights in Central New York in the 1970’s is being remembered for his persistence at a time when the LGBT community was virtually ostracized, or at least ignored. Earl Colvin died May 24th at age 82, and will be honored with a ceremony Wednesday evening at city hall.
Long-time activist Bonnie Strunk worked with Colvin on many early gay pride events. She recalls when one media outlet learned of one gathering, and young kids began throwing stones.
Long-time Syracuse New Times reporter Walt Shepperd recalls Colvin as someone who had a way of putting people at ease during a time when the larger community was very clearly divided about gay rights . Bonne Strunk says Colvin was never shy about sharing his opinion, and forging ahead.