Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 38 / 21 September 2017
 

Lori Nairne

OBITUARIES


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October 23, 1951 – August 19, 2017

Lori Nairne, women's, queer, sex workers' rights, and anti-racist campaigner; nurse and homeopath, died unexpectedly August 19, 2017. She was 65. She was a founding member of Wages Due Lesbians (now Queer Strike) and of the Wages for Housework campaign, and joint coordinator of the Global Women's Strike/Bay Area. She worked as a nurse for over 25 years and became a homeopath, bringing her holistic health care experience to grassroots women and their families in England, Guyana, Ireland, and Peru. Lori was part of the movement of the 1960s and 1970s, including for the election of Harvey Milk. Before it was generally accepted that lesbian mothers had a right to keep custody of their children, she organized the first lesbian mothers contingent for gay Pride.

She helped spearhead the "Grand Marshal, Not Court Martial" campaign, which acknowledged trans military whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Pride board named Manning an honorary grand marshal of the 2014 SF Pride parade. The campaign also worked on banning military recruiters and removing pro-corporate Pride board members.

She helped win changes in how sex workers are seen by the public, treated by police, and considered for victim compensation.

She is survived by her father, Andrew, and brother, Kenneth. A memorial was held September 5 at the Omni Collective in Oakland.

 




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