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Broadway to Dim Marquee Lights in Honor of Rodger McFarlane on May 19

By New York City
Broadway marquees will be dimmed on Tuesday, May 19 for one minute at exactly 8 pm in tribute to Rodger McFarlane, the founding executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and a pioneer in the fight for gay and lesbian civil rights and the HIV/AIDS movements. He passed away in New Mexico on Friday, May 15.

During his tenure as executive director of BC/EFA, the organization's annual revenue increased from less than $1 million to more than $5 million, while also leveraging an additional $40 million annually through strategic alliances with other funders and corporate partnerships. BC/EFA received the 1993 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre during his tenure.

He was also the first paid executive director of Gay Men's Health Crisis and a founding member of ACT-UP, and later the executive director of the Gill Foundation. He was the author of several books, and in 1993 he co-produced the Pulitzer Prize-nominated production of Larry Kramer's The Destiny of Me.

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