Tim Gill

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Tim Gill
Born (1953-10-18) October 18, 1953 (age 62)
Hobart, Indiana
Residence Denver, Colorado
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Scott Miller[1]

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


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]


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.

In 2015, Gill co-founded the smart home technology start-up JStar LLC with Alex Capecelatro. Gill is the Chief Technology Officer of the company, which is developing Josh.ai, a voice-controlled home automation system using its own innovative AI technology platform.[8]

Gill married his husband Scott Miller in Massachusetts in 2009. They live in Denver, Colorado.[3][9]


  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. ^ "No One Left Behind: Tim Gill and the New Quest for Full LGBT Equality". Inside Philanthropy. August 25, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Parker, Penny (April 14, 2009). "Tying the knot where it's legal". Denver Post. p. B7. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 

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