'Disabled, Gay, Jewish, Leftist, Middle Aged Dwarf' Dies in Taxi Accident

Harry Weider, an avid activist for gay rights, disabled rights and neighborhood rights, 57, was struck by taxi in New York City and killed instantly.

 

Harry Weider

Harry Weider, a self-described "disabled, gay, Jewish, leftist, middle aged dwarf", was killed last week after struck by a taxi-cab while crossing the street in New York city.

Weider, 57, was an avid activist for gay rights, disabled rights and neighborhood rights. He was leaving a community board meeting at the time of the accident, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Bellvue Hospial.

“I will miss Harry terribly. He contributed so much to the board, and you could always count on him being at nearly every meeting. He loved serving the community, and most of all fighting for it," The Gothamist quoted Community Board 3 Chairman Dominic Pisciotta as saying. "He had a big impact on his community. That’s why his loss will be really felt by people, because he was so intensely engaged with the community."

According to The Gothamist, Weider was well-known to local politicians and very active with numerous causes, despite his mobility and hearing problems.

Despite having difficulty walking, and living in a home for the deaf, he was an active fixture at community board meetings, rallies and events, and became well known to local politicians.

“Harry Weider was a teacher, a mentor, and a mench," colleagues at his community center said in eulogy.