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LGBT advocate Barrett L. Brick dies at age 59

Barrett L. Brick, a government lawyer and gay rights advocate who successfully campaigned to include anti-homosexual violence as a staple of the State Department’s annual human rights report, died Sept. 22 at the ManorCare nursing home in Bethesda. He was 59.

The cause was cancer, said his husband, Antonio Ruffini.

Mr. Brick, a Washington resident, spent 30 years as a lawyer at the Federal Communications Commission before retiring in 2010. He also held leadership positions in organizations for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and championed gay interests nationally and internationally.

He served as executive director of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Organizations from 1987 to 1993. In 1991, he was part of a group of three Washington activists that pressed the State Department to further investigate and include anti-gay incidents and homophobic violence in its annual report to Congress on global human rights practices.

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