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Washington, D.C. July 8, 2002. It is with a heavy heart the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL) announces the passing away of one of its founding members and most stable presence Hugh Joseph (Joe) Beard, Jr., Esq. Apparently Beard died sometime on or around July 7, 2002, [ed. note (18 Aug 2002): It was determined Beard slipped into a coma early on July 5th and likely died on July 7th before he was found by a roommate returning from vacation.] in his Washington, DC home.

"Today, both the pro-life movement and the gay and lesbian community should mourn the loss of one its brightest legal minds," lamented Cecilia Brown PLAGAL President who went on to say, "Joe was an extremely intelligent man balanced with a caring, compassionate heart. He was the heart of PLAGAL for 10 years, he will be truly missed."

Beard was a founding member of PLAGAL back in early 1990s when the fledgling organization was known as "Gays Against Abortion." Beard successfully spearheaded an early effort to change the groups name to the current "Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians" or more commonly referred to as "PLAGAL."

Beard was well known as a solid, unwavering pro-gay, pro-life advocate with an undeniable conservative spin. Though a diabetic and HIV positive, he tirelessly worked to advance pro-life sentiment with in the gay and lesbian community as well challenging the exclusion of gays from much of the pro-life movement.

Chuck Volz, Esq., upon learning of Beard's death recalled the following quote, "Death is not the extinguishment of the light. It is merely turning off the lamp because the Dawn has come." Please visit our website,, for more information as it becomes available.

The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL) was organized in 1990 to advance the pro-life message within the lesbian and gay community. PLAGAL is a 501(c)(3) Massachusetts-based corporation with nation-wide membership and active groups in several major cities in the United States.