News release from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association:
It is with great sadness that NLGJA shares news of the passing of Thomas Morgan III with our members and friends.
According to an article posted by Richard Prince in his online Journal-isms column, Morgan suffered a heart attack while visiting Southampton, Mass. He was 56 years old.
Morgan was a reporter and editor at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Miami Herald.
A member of the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) national board of directors for 10 years, Morgan was the group's first openly gay president (1989-1991). His tenure laid the foundation for the January 2005 establishment of NABJ's LGBT Task Force.
Morgan was honored by NLGJA in 2005 when he was inducted into the inaugural class of the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame.
NLGJA would like to express condolences to his partner of more than 20 years, Thomas Ciano, as well as his other family members, friends and colleagues.
While funeral arrangements have not yet been made, Ciano has said that contributions made in Morgan's name would be welcome at the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
You can read much more about the life of this inspiring and pioneering journalist at:
NLGJA LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame: Thomas Morgan III
Thomas Morgan III: LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Richard Prince's Journal-isms: NABJ's Thomas Morgan III Dies
NABJ Front Page: NABJ Loses Friend, Mentor & Advocate Thomas Morgan III
NABJ Front Page: Committed to a Cause