Former ice-cream shop owner Rosa Lopez fought for LGBT rights

Rosa Lopez. Photo via Facebook

Rosa Lopez, cofounder of Dallas’ first lesbian alliance, has died.

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Lopez, who once owned Sueños Sabrosos ice-cream shop in the Bishop Arts District, privately fought Hodgkin’s lymphoma for many years, according to Al Día. She died in Moline, Ill. on Feb. 21.

She was 63.

Lopez’s most recent endeavor was the nonprofit Vecinos Unidos, dedicated to providing affordable housing to low-income families. She also fought for immigrants’ rights and accessible healthcare.

Lopez moved to Dallas, where her parents were born, from Buffalo, N.Y. in 1991, according to Al Día. She cofounded Lesbiana Latinas de Dallas in 1995.

LULAC Rainbow Council created a scholarship in her name; donations can be made via paypal. A community memorial for Lopez is at 6 p.m. Sunday at Interfaith Peace Chapel.

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