Terry Murphy, transgender advocate dies


Atlanta, GA – Terry Murphy departed this world peacefully, at his residence, on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, from natural causes attributed to cardio-vascular disease. The son of Patrick and Anne Murphy, he was born in Paramus, NJ, and raised in Albany, NY,

Terry was a 1976 graduate of Guilderland High School, and later graduated from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.

His journalism career began as a reporter at the Saratogian, a regional newspaper. He soon found his way to New York and Fairchild Publications, where he worked in writing and editing roles on several magazines—covering fashion, golf, travel and leisure. He served as Editor of Southern Voice, the LGBTnewspaper, in Atlanta, GA in the late 1990s, and concluded his career as editor of several VNU Business Publications.

Terry was a tireless advocate for the Transgender Community, a prominent out tran-sperson, a regular contributor and member of IFGE, and other groups focused on advancing the cause of individual dignity, protection and understanding of all people. In this way, Teri touched the lives of countless individuals world-wide. Over the course of her twenty-five plus years devoted to these causes, the national dialog about LGBT rights has expanded to a point that would have been hard to imagine in 1990. Teri was quick with a kind word; a friend to all, and a voice for the marginalized.

He was also a founding Board Member of the Southern Comfort Conference (SC). SC helps advance the understanding and protection of the LGBT community.

Terry, to his own delight, was also a late-in-life father. Charmed by his daughter, Chloe Anne, he cherished every moment he shared with her.

A memorial celebration of Terry’s life will be held in the Greater Atlanta Area in the near future – the date has not been determined at the time of this publication. All who knew and loved Terry are invited to attend.


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