July 15, 2015 at 11:45 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Len Hirsch memorial set for July 28
Leonard Hirsch, Len Hirsch

Len Hirsch, founder of Federal GLOBE, died June 12. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A memorial celebration of the life of Leonard P. “Len” Hirsch, the long-time LGBT rights advocate and founder of the LGBT government employees group Federal GLOBE, will be held Tuesday, July 28 from 4-7 p.m., at the Carnegie Library at 801 K St., N.W., according to longtime friend Nancy Gray.

Hirsch, 59, a senior policy adviser at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington for 26 years, died June 12 from complications associated with cancer.

Organizers of the memorial, including Gray, have said the event would give Hirsch’s wide circle of friends, family, political associates and colleagues a chance to acknowledge his contributions to the Smithsonian, the LGBT community and the community at large.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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