ED GALLAGHER
6 April 1957- 4 May 2005

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Ed Gallagher's efforts on behalf of suicide prevention and gay self-identity grew out of his own attempted suicide at the age of twenty-seven.

Ed's transformation from self-loathing football jock to self-aware wheelchair crusader is a life story that needs to be told again and again.

Ed was planning a trip to San Francisco this summer, where, after years of e-mails, he and I planned to meet for the first time. I told him I wanted to make sure he was as hunky as his photos promised. He told me not to worry.

The New York Blade published a laudatory and accurate obituary. By contrast, the obituary in Ed's hometown newspaper, presumably placed by his family, does not mention that Ed was gay. I am certain he would read his own death notice as a reminder that the hard work of truth-telling never ends.

-Bob Guter

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Ed's three books, "Johnny in the Spot," "Rollercoaster Release: A Collection of Organized Chaos," and "Will I Live Another Day Before I Die?: Thoughts on Suicide and Life" are available from online booksellers.

His writing can also be found in "Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories," and in BENT (After a Suicide: Meditation, and excerpts from Johnny in the Spot).

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BENT: A Journal of CripGay Voices/July 2005