Poltergeist Actress and AIDS Activist Zelda Rubinstein Passes Away At 76

Zelda Rubinstein, the diminutive character actress with the childlike voice who was best known as the psychic called in to rid a suburban home of demonic forces in the 1982 horror movie “Poltergeist,” best as pyschic Tangina Barronshas has died. She was 76.

But to the LGBT Community she will be remembered for far more than that classic horror movie.

From LGBT POV:

“Zelda not only lent her support to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center—before it was popular for celebrities to support AIDS and LGBT organizations–she volunteered to star in a groundbreaking HIV prevention campaign for us,” said Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. “The image of her on billboards and posters, saying to a shirtless guy holding an umbrella: ‘don’t forget your rubbers,’ is now iconic. She will be deeply missed.”

Thank you Zelda Rubenstein  for supporting and caring about the LGBT community when so many other’s left us in the dark.

Have a peaceful rest Zelda. You have always been an angel to us. Amd we will always remember you.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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