Marlon Riggs (3 February 1957, Fort Worth, Texas - 5 April 1994), an American poet, educator, filmmaker, and an outspoken gay rights activist. Riggs was inducted into the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Hall of Fame in 2006.[1]

He produced many documentaries for public television, some of which were considered controversial by media watchdog groups, who protested the fact that Riggs' films were produced with money from the National Endowment for the Arts. Marlon Riggs died from AIDS related illness in 1994. He passed away prior to completion of his final work, Black Is...Black Ain't, a film which concerned the state of African-America, and the self-hating racism, sexism, homophobia within it.

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  1. Marlon Riggs (1957-1994)”, NLGJA: LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame, <>. Retrieved on 2007-10-25 

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