WCT: Former HBHC leader Harley McMillen dies

Reprinted with permission of Windy City Times

CHICAGO – Harley McMillen, 70, former executive director of Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, died March 23 in Viroqua, Wisc. He lived in nearby Viola for the past 10 years before moving into an assisted living facility.

Allen McMillen, 31, said his uncle suffered a massive stroke and passed away just a couple of hours later. Allen said there is no service planned. Donations can be made in his name to Howard Brown Health Center or Tree House Humane Society.

In addition to Allen his survivors are: his brother Jack McMillen, 67, of Kansas City, Mo., and his sister Janis McMillen, 75, of Overland Park, Kan.

McMillen was an important pioneer in the early gay men’s health movement, on issues of sexual health, hepatitis and AIDS. He was also very involved in the leather community, and bartended for gay bars. He was also part of the Pride Chicago Motorcycle Club, and bartended at clubs owned by Jim Flint and Chuck Renslow. He also worked for Renslow at GayLife newspaper in the early 1980s.

“He was really helpful on men’s health issues, and in growing Howard Brown clinic,” Renslow said, remembering his longtime friend, part of his Renslow “family.” Jim Flint posted on Facebook that McMillen “will be missed by many.”

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