First Columnist on Gay Life

Deb Price Dies in Hong Kong at 62

By Katharine Q. Seelye
New York Times

As the nation’s first nationally syndicated lesbian columnist who wrote regularly about gay life, Deb Price certainly covered pointed issues, like the debate over gay people in the military.

But she also turned to small matters of everyday domesticity, telling readers, for instance, that she and her partner, Joyce Murdoch, had bickered over whether to get air conditioning in their new convertible. She wrote about gardening together. She described attending Ms. Murdoch’s high school reunion.

Ms. Price sought to demystify gay life for Middle America. If her readers could see same-sex couples in ordinary situations, she reasoned, they would find them less foreign and less frightening — and would have a harder time denying them equal rights.

Ms. Price died on Nov. 20 at a hospital in Hong Kong, where she lived with Ms. Murdoch, who by then was her wife. Ms. Price was 62.

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