Tim Gill

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Tim Gill
Born (1953-10-18) October 18, 1953 (age 60)
Hobart, Indiana (USA)
Residence Denver, Colorado (USA)
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Scott Miller[1]

Tim Gill (born October 18, 1953) is an American computer software entrepreneur and LGBT rights activist.

Background[edit]

Gill was born in Hobart, Indiana. He attended Wheat Ridge High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, eventually studying computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.[2]

Quark[edit]

After jobs at Hewlett-Packard and a consulting services firm, Gill started the company Quark, Inc. in 1981 with a $2,000 loan from his parents.[3][4] Quark produced page layout software for the graphics market. With the introduction of Farhad (Fred) Ebrahimi as CEO in 1986 and the success of QuarkXPress "first introduced in 1987,"[5] Gill became a multi-millionaire. Gill announced in 2000 that he had sold his 50% interest in Quark, Inc., citing his growing involvement in philanthropic and activist endeavors.[6]

After Quark sale[edit]

Gill's involvement in LGBT political action began in 1992, in response to the passage of Colorado Amendment 2, which prevented non-discrimination ordinances in the state from protecting people based on sexual orientation. In 1994, he created the Gill Foundation,[6] based in Denver, Colorado. One of its projects is the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.[3] His political endeavors, which are separate from his charitable foundation, are directed through the Gill Action Fund.[7]

In 2003, Gill created Connexion.org as a vehicle for engaging the LGBT community in political activities. Connexion closed in September, 2011.

Gill married his husband Scott Miller in Massachusetts in 2009. They live in Denver, Colorado.[3][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Penny ParkerDenver Post Columnist. "Parker: Tim Gill ties the knot in Massachusetts". Denverpost.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ Healy, Rita (April 4, 2007). "The Gay Mogul Changing U.S. Politics". Time. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Profile of Gill at the Gill Foundation's website
  4. ^ Press, Reference (December 1996). Hoover's guide to computer companies. Hoover's Business Press. pp. 346–. ISBN 9781878753809. Retrieved 2 June 2012. "In 1981 Gill, then 27, founded Quark ..." 
  5. ^ Anton, Kelly Kordes; Cruise, John (2009-02-13). QuarkXpress 8: Essential Skills for Page Layout and Web Design. Peachpit Press. pp. 209–. ISBN 9780321616913. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Rothenberg, Matthew. "Founder Tim Gill exits Quark", ZDNet News, 25 October 2000.
  7. ^ Roehr, Bob (March 30, 2006). "The Gill Action Fund: Serious LGBT politics". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Parker, Penny (April 14, 2009). "Tying the knot where it's legal". Denver Post. p. B7. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 

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