Gay rights, antiwar activist Justin Raimondo dies at 67

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Justin Raimondo, a longtime gay rights advocate and antiwar activist, has died. He was 67.

Friend Eric Garris said Sunday that Raimondo died Thursday after battling lung cancer. He lived in the Northern California community of Sebastopol.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Raimondo and Garris co-founded the website in 1995. Raimondo also wrote for conservative publications and criticized the U.S. involvement in Iraq and other conflicts.

Raimondo was active in San Francisco politics in the 1970s and 1980s and Garris says he pushed the Libertarian Party to support gay rights.

Raimondo grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. His sister Diane Raimondo says he loved to read newspapers and science fiction from a young age and in his teens admired writer and philosopher Ayn Rand.

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