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Rodger McFarlane dies at 54; gay-rights activist established first AIDS hotline
Rodger McFarlane dies at 54; gay-rights activist established first AIDS hotline

Rodger McFarlane, a pioneering gay-rights activist who set up the first AIDS hotline in 1981, before the disease even had a name, and later ran influential AIDS service groups, has died. He was 54. McFarlane, who was based in Denver, committed suicide May 15 in Truth or Consequences, N.M., his family and friends said in a statement. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: McFarlane obituary: The obituary of pioneering gay-rights activist Rodger McFarlane in the May 23 Section A said he had a twin brother, David. In fact, David, who died in 2002, was a younger brother. — -------------------- He left a letter explaining that he was unwilling to allow his heart and back problems to...

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