Co-founder of ACT-UP Commits Suicide

Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 06, 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 3.35.26 PMMichael Petrelis, LGBT activist from gays without Borders, Blogger on Petrelis Files and one of the original ACT-UP co-founders, reports this heartbreaking story on his blog today. Carl Goodman, one of the original ACT-UP co-founders committed suicide in Rhode Island yesterday.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mario, Carl’s husband and Michael and all who have been impacted by his sad passing.

Petrelis reports:

“Earlier this morning, I spoke with my friend Mario Cavero who told me the tragic news that his beloved husband and my cherished friend had died yesterday in Bristol, Rhode Island. Sobbing with sadness, I needed to get off the phone and grieve and Mario understood and said we would of course talk again later. This news was a shock and totally unexpected.

Wayne shared this story from the East Bay RI news site:

A Bristol man jumped to his death off the Mt. Hope Bridge Sunday afternoon. Carl Goodman, 58, of Bristol, was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital at 4:42 p.m. Jan. 5.

Police and firefighters were called to the base of the bridge on Lower Ferry Road at 3:53 p.m. A caller had reported seeing a man on the bridge looking over the side. According to the Bristol police log, the “male jumped, is under the bridge on land.”

Mr. Goodman was recently interviewed by the Providence Journal for an article about Obamacare. The Providence Journal reported that Mr. Goodman was “a consultant who does business development and training for lawyers.”

As I’ve gone through my morning routine, with tears and sadness, and a few giggles at the good times we shared over the decades, I have tried to come to grips with the fact that Carl was surviving all these years with AIDS and chose to end his life with an act of suicide.


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How to find help if you feel suicidal

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9 Comments on “Co-founder of ACT-UP Commits Suicide”

  1. Melissa Thompson January 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM #

    Heartbreaking. My deepest sympathy to his husband, family and friends.

  2. Dr. Rex January 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    A sad loss for our community!! RIP ….

  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez January 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM #

    I am sorry this happened.

  4. Jueseppi B. January 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  5. dakotahgeo January 6, 2014 at 5:56 PM #

    I am so, so sorry to hear this. Carl has been peacefully delivered by Heaven’s angels into Jesus’ arms forever!

  6. Kira January 6, 2014 at 6:35 PM #

    Reblogged this on Kira Moore’s Closet and commented: Sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

  7. Garry Taylor January 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM #

    so very very sad for all affected by Carls untimely demise, my thoughts and wishes to everyone especially Mario.


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