Kay Longcope, founder of the GLBT newspaper, The Texas Triangle, died Thursday, March 29, at the age of 69 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Longcope grew up in Brownwood, Texas, located about 150 miles south of Fort Worth, and according to her twin brother, Charles Longcope Jr., she had loved reading and writing all her life.
Charles Longcope said his sister published her first newspaper when she was in elementary school, using the mimeograph machine in the teacher’s workroom at South Ward Elementary. She later worked on her high school newspaper and she wrote for The Daily Texan while she was a student at the University of Texas in Austin.
Kay Longcope worked for 10 years handling publicity for the United Council of Churches in New York before going to work as a reporter for The Boston Glove in the early 1970s. At the Globe, Kay Longcope covered civil rights issues and GLBT issues, her longtime partner, Barbara Wohlgemuth, told the Austin American-Statesman in an article published Friday, March 30.
Kay Longcope retired from the Globe after 22 years and returned to Austin, bringing Wohlegumuth with her. In the fall of 1992, the two women launched the Texas Triangle, with Wohlgemuth as business manager and Kay Longcope taking the helm as publisher and editor.
The two women decided upfront that the Triangle would not accept sexually-oriented advertising, even though most GLBT newspapers at the time depended on such advertising for their financial success. Three weeks after the newspaper debuted in October 1992, it went state-wide, and at a time when the LGBT community in Texas was becoming more organized, the Triangle focused on telling that community’s stories through profiles, articles on political issues and entertainment news.
“People just loved it because it was just different from any other gay paper,” Wohlgemuth told the Austin newspaper. “It was a paper they could show their parents or leave on the coffee table.”
Kay Longcope and Wohlgemuth sold the Triangle in 1996 to Todd Cunningham. Cunningham sold the paper to Q Texas Publishing in late 2004, and the Triangle and Q Texas magazine were combined into a single publication, TXT Magazine, which folded in December 2006.
Charles Longcope, who is also gay, said his sister had won many journalism awards throughout her life, including during her tenure as editor and publisher of the Triangle. But, he said, perhaps her greatest accomplishment was that she “lived life on her own terms.”
“She was always very forthright about her sexuality, and she devoted her adult life to gay rights,” he said.
In addition to Wohlgemuth and her brother Charles, Kay Longcope is survived by her brother, Ed Longcope III of San Marcos; her nieces, Courtney Longcope of Austin, Amy Longcope of Los Angeles and Camille Longcope of Dallas; and numerous cousins
A memorial service for Longcope will be held in Austin in late April. Wohlhemuth asked that memorial donations in Kay Longcope’s name be made to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 1325 Massachusetts Ave., Ste. 600, Washington, D.C. 20005.
Gary Russell “Rusty” Howard of Mesquite died on Sunday, April 1, at his home.
He was born April 30, 1955 in Hobbs, N.M., but had lived most of his life in the Dallas area. Soon after graduating from the University of North Texas with a business degree, Howard found his niche in the workplace as a florist, and he owned a successful floral business for many years.
Howard loved sci-fi, astronomy, nature, travel and friends. He is one of the few people that felt true inner peace and was well loved by his family and friends.
Howard is survived by his partner, Paul Glenn; his father, Sterling Howard and wife Pat (Gary’s second mom); his mother, Shirline Jacques; his sisters, Jessie and husband Walt Rollins and Kathy and husband John Swiney; his brothers, Walter and wife Tammy, Kenny and wife Latraille, Mark and wife Tammy, Robert, Alfred and wife Teresa; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members; his best friends, Jason Halliburton and Charles Smith; and countless others that touched his heart.
Graveside services were held Thursday, April 5, at Oakdell Cemetery in Depew, Okla., under the direction of Hutchins and Maple Funeral Home in Bristow, Okla.
Memorial Services officiated by the Rev. Patrick Price will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 6, at Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2875 E. Parker Road in Plano.
Michael Bright, 25, died late Saturday night, March 31, at his home. He is survived by his parents, Ann and Mike Bright and sister, Melissa.
Bright had worked as a shift supervisor at the Starbucks located at the intersection of Lemmon Avenue and Knight Street for the past four years, and he will be greatly missed by his friends, customers and coworkers there. Bright was also a great graphic artist, and he cherished his dog, Knuckles.
A memorial will be held at the Starbucks where he worked at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 6, 2007