Mike Mike Tidmus, 1951 2012Sad news. Mike Tidmus, a longtime friend of Truth Wins Out and a prolific blogger and activist on LGBT and HIV-related issues, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was a great friend to us and personally gave me a lot of encouragement as I found myself getting more and more involved in the LGBT rights world, always making me laugh and truly embodying the sense of Molly Ivins’ words when she said that when you’re fighting for freedom, you’d better have a good time doing it. Karen Ocamb has a long piece up about Mike, which chronicles his work, his friendship with openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger, and captures his trademark style. Mike Airhart and Wayne may have more to say about this later in the day, but for now, I’ll leave you with another picture Karen posted, as Mike, on top of his activist work, was a great photographer.

Mike Tidmus Train station Mike Tidmus, 1951 2012

Train station – Namur, Belgium (photograph: © 2010 Mike Tidmus, all rights reserved)

RIP, Mike, and condolences and love to all his friends and family, from the TWO family.