Long time Fort Lauderdale civic activist Alan Curtis, known for his work in fighting for gay rights in local government, has passed away at 63.

Born on July 23, 1946, Alan was integrally involved in the creation of the Broward County Human Rights Initiative, and had volunteered at the former CenterOne.

Alan passed away in his residence yesterday in Fort Lauderdale of natural causes, after a long illness.

Alan was among the first of many South Florida activists to be out of the closet as a professional. He once served the community as the local liaison to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, under the late Sheriff, Ron Cochran. “He engineered campaigns and immersed himself in gay politics. He was one of our pioneers,” said attorney Robin Bodiford, who has promised to write more about Alan’s contributions to the community in a subsequent issue of SFGN.

A popular car salesman at Gary Fronrath Chevrolet, each week Alan would run an advertisement featuring him shaking the hand of happy new car owner.  Here is one such ad from an old issue of Brad Casey’s Scoop Magazine, in 1990.

Local attorney Dean Trantalis released a statement this morning, stating, "The passing of Alan Curtis marks the end of another activist in our community. As the GLBT liaison to then Ft. Lauderdale Comm. Jack Latona, he was an early voice for our community and helped pave the way for our community's future leaders."