When he came out as gay while in high school, his mother was relieved, Mr. Hill recalled. “She said, ‘Well, we notice you dress up more than the other boys in the neighborhood, and we thought you were trying to pretend to be wealthier than we are, and we were afraid you might grow up to be a Republican. So if you’re gay, we can handle that.” Ray Hill, ‘citizen provocateur’ who fought for gay rights and prison reform, dies at 78 A sweet obit for inspiring activist Ray Hill

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