Mike Tidmus was witty, cantankerous, a apatheist [a person who is apathetic towards belief and disbelief in gods], a militant anti-theist, and a gay man who who was a long-term AIDS survivor and an early leader in LGBT civil right internationally and in the United States.
Mike was always front and center when it came to injustice against LGBT people – whether it was antigay Reggae singer Buju Banton or anything to do with Prop 8 or the Religious Right.
Mike battled HIV-AIDS for nearly 25 years He was so disappointed with the poor HIV-AIDS care in San Diego he worked pasionately to try and improve it.
At 11:00am on Sunday, Jan. 15, Mike lost his battle. Mike’s brother Linsey updated Mike Tidmus’ Facebook page with the news: “My name is Lindsay Tidmus, Mike’s brother. It is with a heavy heart that I inform his Facebook friends of Mike’s passing. He left us this morning after a battle with cancer.”
Mike was 60 years old.
Mike was a great man and a great champion of the LGBT community. We were blessed to have and know him for the warrior he was.
Some stout hearts wear no armor, carry no swords…
But they soldier on with spines of steel, and hearts of lions.
Rest at peace, dear fellow.
Job well done…