DENVER — Gay activist and former newspaper publisher Charles Lee (Chuck)) Morris, believed to be one of the longest-living victims of AIDS, has died at his Denver home.
Morris, 42, who died Monday, was the former owner and publisher of The Sentinel, a weekly newspaper read mostly in San Francisco's gay community. He was a confidant of San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein and often was sought for political endorsements from such people as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Walter F. Mondale.
Although friends said Morris had been seriously ill since April, 1978, he wasn't diagnosed as an AIDS victim until 1982. He then helped found two hospice programs in California for gay victims of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Bill Strawn, a Feinstein aide, said the mayor often consulted with Morris on issues affecting San Francisco gays. "I would say she definitely listened to his advice," Strawn said.