April 1957- 4 May 2005
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
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.
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.
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