Karen Estes, center, seated on the steps of the Robert E. Lee monument in Lee Park in 2003 with former State Rep. Harryette Ehrhardt, left, and former Dallas City Councilwoman Veletta Lill.

Dallas Voice sends our condolences to the family and loved ones of Karen Estes, who died this morning (Friday, Dec. 16), following a brief illness.

Estes was a long-time advocate and ally of the LGBT community and the HIV/AIDS community, she was a former co-executive director of Resource Center.

Watch for a more extensive obituary in the Friday, Dec 23 issue of Dallas Voice.