Alexander John Goodrum

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Alexander John Goodrum (1960–2002) was an internationally known African-American transgender civil rights activist, writer, and educator.[1][2][3] He was the founder and director of TGNet Arizona.[4] He was a board member of the Tucson GLBT Commission,[5] and the Funding Exchange's OUT Fund, which allocates an annual grant named after Goodrum to LGBT community organizing projects. Goodrum was bisexual, disabled, and a trans man, he wrote about his gender influencing spirituality.[6][7] His "Gender Identity 101: A Transgender Primer" has been reprinted in various forms to educate mainstream society on basic questions regarding transsexual and transgender people.[8] His work is carried on by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA).[9][10]

Goodrum committed suicide on September 28, 2002 while at La Frontera Psychiatric Health Facility, a psychiatric ward.[2] His death was unexpected and investigation into the facilities handling of his case prompted some procedural and physical changes at La Frontera.[1][11][12]

He was posthumously awarded the Godat Award, which honors lifetime service to the LGBT community.[13][14]


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  2. ^ a b "In Memoraiam". Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "AIDS activist Craig Snow to receive Wingspan honor". Arizona Daily Star. July 24, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Crossover acts". Arizona Daily Star. June 30, 2002. 
  5. ^ "Gay task force wants to toughen ordinance". Arizona Daily Star. December 19, 1998. 
  6. ^ Rudacille, Deborah (2006). The Riddle Of Gender: Science, Activism, And Transgender Rights. Anchor. p. 276. ISBN 0385721978. 
  7. ^ Our Sexuality. Cengage Learning. 2007. p. 131. ISBN 1133943411. 
  8. ^ Research Navigator Guide for Abnormal Psychology. Allyn & Bacon. 2003. p. 64. ISBN 0205408354. 
  9. ^ Transitions. The Advocate. 2002. p. 28. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Alexander John Goodrum". Southern Arizona Gender Alliance. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Death leads to safety changes at La Frontera". Arizona Daily Star. October 11, 2002. 
  12. ^ "Claim faults clinic in activist's suicide". Arizona Daily Star. June 28, 2003. 
  13. ^ "Neighborhood Briefing". Arizona Daily Star. August 22, 2003. 
  14. ^ "Funhouse theater group dances its way to $2,000". Arizona Daily Star. September 21, 2003.