Jinx Beers memorial Sunday in West Hollywood

Jinx Beers

Jinx Beers loved her motorcycles. This photo, a favorite of hers, also was the cover of her book, “Memories of an Old Dyke.” Photo: Wendy Averill

WEST HOLLYWOOD — A Jinx Beers memorial will take place Sunday at the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood.

Beers was a groundbreaking feminist and lesbian activist who launched The Lesbian News, the longest running lesbian newspaper in the United States. She died October 4 at the age of 84.

The celebration of life will start at 2 and end at 4 p.m.

RSVPs can be made here.

Free, three-hour parking is available in the West Hollywood Library structure. Ticket validation is offered inside the library.

Jinx Beers

Jinx Beers, during an interview in her Van Nuys apartment, was a a pioneering feminist and lesbian activist who founded The Lesbian News. Beers died today at the age of 84. Photo: Q Voice News.

Beers was inducted to the LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame in Philadelphia last year for her work with the Lesbian News.

Beers was the youngest of five children. She was born and raised in Pasadena in a lower middle-class family during the Great Depression.

Clara Jean is her birth name, but her older sister, Virginia, gave her the name Jinx. A few decades later, Beers legally changed her name to Jinx.

Beers launched The Lesbian News in 1975. She was motivated to start the media outlet after a local lesbian publication refused to publish an ad from the Lesbian Activists.

The Lesbian News started as four-page monthly newsletter and eventually grew into a tabloid-sized magazine with a Southern California footprint that stretched from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

Beers also was an author. Her book, “Memories of an Old Dyke,” was published in 2009.

Phillip Zonkel can be reached at 562-294-5996 or at [email protected]

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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