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Paul Israel Rapoport
(March 6, 1940 - July 9, 1987) U.S.A.

Paul Rapoport

Attorney, activist

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Paul Israel Rapoport, born in Flushing, New York, was an attorney and a co-founder of both the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Services Center and Gay Men's Health Crisis. The private foundation that bore his name was one of the oldest and largest LGBT-focused foundations in the country.

He was also a member of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Bar Association of Human Rights for Greater New York. Paul’s concern for health and well-being was not limited to the body alone: it extended to the mind as well and was reflected in the funding he provided to the New York Center for Visual History for a film production on the meaning of mental health.

Paul was deeply committed to supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities with a particular focus on efforts to eliminate homophobia and discrimination against gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons.

Paul attended P.S. 107 in New York City, the Horace Mann School and Cornell University. He graduated cum laude from Columbia University Law School in 1965, and later received an LL.M. in tax from New York University School of Law.

Paul died of AIDS related complications at New York University Medical Center, at the age of 47.

His estate of roughly $8 million was used to establish The Paul Rapoport Foundation Inc., which at Rapoport's direction gave to LGBT and HIV/AIDS causes in the New York metropolitan area. In a press release dated July 6, 2009 the Paul Rapoport Foundation announced its intention to spend out. The Foundation ceased operations in 2015. Its archives are located in the Human Sexuality Collection of the Cornell University Library.

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