Rep. Gerry Studds, a former member of the House of Representatives and an openly gay man, died today in Boston, Massachusetts, PageOneQ has learned.
Christian Kiriakos, a spokesperson for the Boston Medical Center, told the Associated Press that Studds died early this morning. According to a report by CNN, his death was related to complications from a blood clot in his lung.
Studds' name has surfaced recently in the news in connection with the Mark Foley scandal. In 1983, it was learned that he had a sexual relationship, ten years earlier, with a 17-year old male page. Studds was censured by the House and went on to win reelection five more times.
Studds graduated from Yale University with bachelor's and master's degrees in History, taught school and was first elected to the Congress in 1972. He defeated a Republican incumbent in what had been thought a safe GOP district.
Studds and his husband Dean Hara were married in Massachusetts last year. PageOneQ recently contacted Hara in an effort to interview Studds on the current congressional scandal. At the time, Hara explained that Studds was no longer taking calls from the press.
Speaking at the 1993 March On Washington for gay rights, Studds turned to the crowd of almost one million people, pointed back at the Capitol behind him, and urged every gay person inside to come out and be open and honest about who they are. If they stood up and walked out, he told the crowd, the work of the government would stop.
Funeral details have not yet been released.