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Mike Tidmus, AIDS and LGBT activist from San Diego, dies at age 60

SAN DIEGO – Well-known AIDS and LGBT activist Mike Tidmus of San Diego died Sunday. He was 60.

Tidmus’ death was reported on his Facebook page by his brother:

“My name is Lindsay Tidmus, Mike's brother. It is with a heavy heart that I inform his Facebook friends of Mike's passing. He left us this morning after a battle with cancer.”

On his Facebook page, Mike Tidmus described himself as “Just your basic left-leaning, snark-loving, disbelieving, AIDS-aware online hangout for intelligent 'mos and the folks who love us.”

Born Aug. 22, 1951, in Toronto, Canada, Tidmus worked in Europe and the United States before settling in San Diego in 2008. He had built a successful career as a creative director, art director, writer and photographer for advertising and marketing firms.

Tidmus wrote a popular blog miketidmus.com, where he wrote about heterosexual privilege, “Poor Oppressed Christians,” “ChristoFascism,” “Crazy Fundies” and other issues facing the LGBT community.

On his blog, Tidmus was proud to be an outspoken opponent of religious oppression of LGBT rights, and he noted that he was a long-time survivor of AIDS.

The news of Tidmus’ death brought an outpouring of grief and appreciation. Here is a sampling of the comments on Facebook:

Linda Perine: Lindsay - I am so sorry. I was a big fan of Mike and his uncompromising intelligence and fierce rejection of religious extremism. I will miss him.

Tom Mullen: I am very sorry. Mike stood for what was right; and it is definitely San Diego's loss.

Brian Rainbow Walsh: Mike was an inspiration to my struggle with religious extremism and hate in America ... my condolences to his family ... he has a strong voice.

Al Benson: Condolonces ... Mike will be missed by all those who read and followed and sometimes disagreed with his incisive views. The good his work has done will unlike for most of us live well beyond our passing.

Jose Medina: Goodbye to you Mike. I enjoyed your photos, your posts and your intelligent conversations via Facebook. Rest In Peace. I'll miss you as will the members of SAME.

Dan Forbes: So sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed. His tireless work for equality leaves his mark on this world one of justice,fairness and thoughtful activism.The loss of Mike is enormous.

Scott Jones: We've lost a soldier against homophobia and religious ignorance. Although I only met Mike once in person, I traded FB messages with him many times. He was always kind, smart, and humorous. Goodbye, Mike. You'll be missed.

Karen Ocamb: I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Mike was such a fighter for people with HIV, especially. And he kept us honest. He will be missed.

Ike Waller: I cried today, Mike was a true light and brought his light of inspiration and hope to so many. He was a true champion of equal rights which makes him a real American hero.