Albert L. Gordon, an attorney who helped advance gay rights in the 1970s and ’80s by challenging discriminatory practices and laws, including a successful effort to decriminalize consensual homosexual acts, died Aug. 10 in Los Angeles. He was 94.
He died of natural causes, his son Harold said.
Gordon, a heterosexual whose twin sons were gay, became a lawyer in his late 40s and devoted most of his practice to defending the rights of homosexuals and battling the bigotry of law enforcement. Often working for free, he became known as “the leading pro bono lawyer to L.A.’s gay community,” historians Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons wrote in their 2006 book “Gay L.A.”