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Richard Foltz

Richard Foltz was born and raised in rural Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1964. Like many gay men from that era, he migrated to a big city for the potential freedom to be gay, settling in New York in 1966. With a variety of day jobs to pay his bills, he involved himself in the theater and music scene in the city, including working on the original production of Boys in the Band in 1968. In 1978, he helped found the Chelsea Gay Association, one of the earliest LGBT neighborhood associations. He was very involved in Out Music in the 1980s and in 1996 produced the CD “Richard Foltz, A Songwriter’s Christmas,” a collection of his original Christmas songs which he described as “new songs for the old holiday.” He passed away on January 25, 2014 after a long illness.