Don Maison, left and Dickie Weaver Remembering those we lost in 2022 The LGBTQ community lost many members in 2022, including at least 35 people in incidents of hate violence against individual transgender people and against patrons of the Club Q bar in Colorado.
Here are a few of the memorable losses for the community in 2022, listed in order of their deaths: Don Maison When Don Maison retired as president and CEO of AIDS Services Dallas in 2019, after 32 years at the organization’s helm, he was the longest-serving head of an AIDS organization in the United States.
He died on Feb. 21, just three years after retiring and following a battle with esophageal cancer. Before dedicating his career to housing people living with HIV, Maison was an attorney fighting for LGBTQ rights, and he was responsible for leading the legal effort to end police harassment in LGBTQ bars in Dallas.
Then in the late 1980s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, Maison was hired to become the new executive director of what became AIDS Services of Dallas.