|Born||February 3, 1958|
|Birthplace||Lakewood, New Jersey|
|Died||September 4, 2007|
|Place of death||Arlington, Virginia|
|Occupation||Executive secretary at the CIA|
Cheryl Ann Spector (died: September 4, 2007) was a well-known gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activist who lived in Arlington, Virginia.
Spector was born in Lakewood, New Jersey, and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. She was raised Jewish and later baptized as a Christian, but continued to celebrate both faiths and attended services at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington and at Bet Mishpachah, both welcoming religious communities for gays.
She attended American University and worked in broadcast television, doing public affairs work for nonprofit organizations before becoming an executive secretary at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2000.
Spector became an activist after her brother Stanley’s diagnosis with the HIV virus that causes AIDS and subsequent suicide, in October 1985. She began by volunteering at the 1987 and 1993 Marches on Washington, and served as Grand Marshal of the D.C. Gay Pride Parade in 1998.
She co-founded the group Oppression Under Target in the late 1980s. The group distributes safe-sex kits to women. In 1990, she worked with ACT-UP to prevent the spread of HIV through infected drug needles.
She served on the board of directors of the Rainbow History Project and was involved in a number of Washington, D.C.-area organizations, including Queer Nation, the Lesbian Avengers, Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Capital Pride, the Mautner Project, the Max Robinson Center of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, Bet Mishpachah, the Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the Reel Affirmations GLBTQ film festival.
Spector was known for her photography of D.C. gay events and people, including the community's first AIDS candlelight vigil in 1983. She was also an occasional guest on Washington, D.C.'s Don and Mike Show, usually reporting on gay pride events in the area.
She died on September 4, 2007 from myeloid leukemia.
- ↑ Lou Chibbario, Jr., "Politics Take Backseat at Pride," Washington Blade, June 10, 2005.
- ↑ Elizabeth Perry, "Beloved Local Activist Succumbs to Cancer", Washington Blade, September 7, 2007.
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