I was shocked recently to learn of the unexpected passing of Jerry Mallicoat. I know most of you have probably never heard of him and up until fairly recently I hadn’t either.
It wasn’t so long ago though he reached out to me to work on the Elderly Alliance LGBT Board of Greater Dayton, Ohio. He was also instrumental in me receiving the LGBT Veterans award.
Jerry was happily married to John and they lived together in Dayton.
I was fortunate to have been able to participate in several of Jerry’s seminars on LGBT aging. I was pleasantly surprised how well he was able to explain the differences between transgender seniors in relation to lesbian, gay or even drag queen individuals. Jerry went out of his way to explain why RuPaul was in no way ever a woman.
This short blip comes from NBC News a year or so ago:
“Jerry Mallicoat, 58, fought for LGBTQ rights in Ohio his entire adult life. Now, he’s helping LGBTQ elders lead active and fulfilled lives.
Mallicoat co-founded Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, which provides advocacy, educational resources, support and referral services to the elder lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.”
It seems too little to say but Jerry’s very sudden passing proves life is too short and you should do your best to make a difference like he did.
Rest in power Jerry, you did a great job in life.