LGBT Activist Vernita Gray Has Died

Memorial to be held March 21. She was part of the first gay marriage in Illinois.

Vernita Gray (left) and Patricia Ewert, her spouse
Vernita Gray (left) and Patricia Ewert, her spouse

One of Chicago’s longest activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights has died. Vernita Gray passed away Tuesday, after a long battle with cancer.  She was 65. “This is a very sad time,” family friend Mary Morten tells WGN.  “It’s not as though we didn’t know it was coming, but nonetheless when it happens it’s still shocking, it’s still jarring, and it’s going to be a huge void.”

A memorial will take place March 21 at the Goodman Theatre.
jeffrey Alan castillo March 20, 2014 at 03:04 PM
while I jeff(rey) ALAN c a s t I l l o ,did not know Mrs. vernita GRAY personally, there are...
Richard March 21, 2014 at 07:46 AM
I knew Vernita well and let me tell you, she was not just a hero, she was a super hero!!
Richard March 21, 2014 at 08:00 AM
PS The memorial is March 31st, not March 21st.
jeffrey Alan castillo March 21, 2014 at 02:10 PM
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