Gayle DeLuca, a Deaf lesbian, passed away on December 27, 2008 in San Francisco. She was 49 years old.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Gayle set roots in San Francisco over 20 years ago and was a long-time resident of the Castro district. She was known for her energetic, adventurous spirit, beautiful smile and big heart. Gayle was the type of person who was quick to help those in need. She was a long-time member of the leather community and was rarely seen in public without her leather chaps and head bandana. She is missed.
A memorial and celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, February 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle Tavern in San Francisco. Those attending are asked to wear a bandana in her honor.