HRC Statement on the Passing of Designer and Advocate Charles Nolan

by HRC Staff

Washington - Today, The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, mourns the death of fashion designer and progressive advocate Charles Nolan. Charles passed away yesterday at the age of 53.

While Charles left an indelible mark on American fashion, his commitment to his political ideas is equally notable. In 2003, Charles left his position as head designer of Anne Klein to volunteer for presidential hopeful Howard Dean, and was an outspoken supporter for Barack Obama during his 2008 election.

"It is heartbreaking to learn of the passing of not only a staunch advocate, but a dear friend," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "Each of us here expresses our deepest condolences to Charles' partner Andy, and their entire family."

Funeral services will be held Wednesday. Charles Nolan is survived by his partner of 16 years, Andrew Tobias, and a large extended family.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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