MARIO MONTEZ 1935 – 2013

Mario Montez, Warhol Superstar dies at 78
Asked to name his favorite superstar, Jack Smith singled out the appealing madcap known as Mario Montez, explaining that “he [sic] immediately enlists the sympathy of the audience.”

Mario — who was born Rene Rivera in Puerto Rico in 1935 and died of a stroke last week at his Florida home — was an unclassifiable gender blur and underground luminary of the first order.

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Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Watch

Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch @TEDDY AWARD Ceremony 2013

Boris co-organized the launch of a landmark document, the Yogyakarta Principles, principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, at the UN in New York. He also co-organized two side events at the UN Headquarters on sexual orientation and gender identity which resulted in the joint statement of 66 countries (now 67 including the United States) to combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity respectively a statement by the Holy See to decriminalize homosexual conduct and to respect the human rights of homosexual men.