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Carlos De Avila was an early Long Beach gay leader

De Avila also is remembered as an early gay rights advocate, said Ron Sylvester, board chairman at the Center Long Beach. "Carlos was a pioneer," Sylvester said. "He was one of the first LGBT activists in our community. He wasn't ashamed or embarrassed to identify himself as a gay man."

The Long Beach Press-Telegram
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February 15, 2013

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