News just in that a person who has been a staple in the gay community for at least the past 14 years that I’ve known him has just died. This is a shock and complete surprise. Addam Stobbs. Bitch to the stars. Gone.
I loved Addam. He was one of the nicest-to-your-face people I have ever met. But he *was* a nice person. He made me laugh. Just listening to him talk, on the radio, on a microphone at Midsumma, in the street, on the phone, at Club 80, wherever. He was a lovely, callous, direct person with a huge heart.
The world needs more bitches like Addam Stobbs.
I’ll miss you sweetie.
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From: DP Tex McKenzie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 16 June 2010 15:13
Subject: [QueerNews] Vale Addam Stobbs
To: Qmelb <email@example.com>
Hi all – sad news. I have just forwrded the following email around the Victorian AIDS Council and People Living With HIV/AIDS Victoria (hence the mention of Addam being a supporter of our organisations).
I have just been on the phone to the Program manager @ JOY 94.9 and have been told that Addam Stobbs passed away today.
Addam was a long time supporter of our organisations and was the host of Allegro Non Troppo on Sundays on JOY. He was also on the board of JOY and had been a long time member.
Addam has in the past interviewed many people about HIV and same sex related issues. The program Allegro Non Troppo is broadcast on the Community Radio Network around Australia and the programs he and his radio partner Peter presented helped to de-mystify both HIV and homosexuality to non-alphabet folk.
Earlier this year he and his partner celebrated their 9th year together.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
I imagine funeral details will be in the print media and online in the next few days.
DP Tex McKenzie
Health Educator – Outreach