Susan McAllister, a fat liberation activist, lesbian and artist in the Bay Area for many years, died at home in Berkeley CA in July 2016. She had been a member of the Fat Lip Theater in the 1990’s, one of the creators and riders on the Fat Dyke Float in the Gay Day Marches of 1991, 1992, and a tireless demonstrator for the recognition of rights for fat and disabled persons.
In the 1980’s, Susan and her partner at the time, Anne Moore, organized and staffed tables at Gay Pride events, distributing literature and buttons about fat liberation. Their table became a resting place for fat and disabled people which contributed to the active fat dyke community that was already growing in the Bay Area. In 2003, Susan was one of the organizers of the Fat Feminist Conference in Millbrae CA in 2003.
In recent years, Susan was a very active mail artist and her collages and Sharpie drawings were much in demand by her fellow members of the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA) all over the world.
As an active co-counselor, Susan taught a class titled “No Limits” which asked the question ”what if you lived your life as if there were no limits?” In Susan’s life, there were no limits.
Many people in LAGAI worked with Susan over the years in Let in All Hang Out Day (LIAHO) and Life in the Fat Lane. We miss her.