Sunday, March 26, 2006

Outright's Treasurer, Lloyd Russell, has passed away

Lloyd Russell(r) with Harry Browne(l) in 2000
Lloyd Russell (r) with
Harry Browne (l) in 2000
We are saddened to report that, following a long illness, our organization's Treasurer, Lloyd Russell, has died.

A fixture in Libertarian politics for decades, Lloyd Russell was a founding member of Outright Libertarians in 1998, while he was running for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. Prior to that, he had been an on-air television personality in the 1960s and joined the Libertarian Party when it was founded in the early 1970s. In addition to being an attorney, "Russ" was the owner of a well-known gay bar in Atlanta, The Cove, which was in business until the 1980s. While running The Cove, he became personally aware of the difficulties of running a gay-oriented business in the Bible Belt, which led to his involvement in the Gay Bar Owners Association of Atlanta and his contribution to other gay bars in the Atlanta area.