Memorial set for Kurt Barrie

  • Wednesday February 25, 2015
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A memorial will be held Wednesday, March 4 for longtime queer Democratic Party activist Kurt Barrie, friends have announced. The memorial takes place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the board chambers at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Afterwards, people will gather in Supervisor Scott Wiener's office for a reception.

Mr. Barrie died December 15, 2014 of AIDS-related complications. He was 48.

Upon arriving in San Francisco, Mr. Barrie quickly became involved in local politics and became an aide to then-Supervisor Harry Britt, a gay man who was named to fill Harvey Milk's seat after his assassination in 1978. Mr. Barrie helped push through one of the nation's first needle exchange programs and was active in the Lavender Sweep that saw Carole Migden and Roberta Achtenberg elected to the Board of Supervisors, Donna Hitchens to Superior Court judge, and Tom Ammiano to the San Francisco school board.

To read the previously published obituary on Mr. Barrie, visit