INDIANAPOLIS – Longtime LGBT community activist and lobbyist Mark St. John died suddenly at his home on Oct. 18, 2015.
St. John, 62, was an Indiana University alumnus. He owned a boutique public affairs consultancy firm, St. John Associates, which often lobbied for social service causes.
For almost a decade, St. John was active as the chief lobbyist for Indiana Equality/Indiana Equality Action. He advised the groups through three battles on the Marriage Discrimination Amendment, in various forms. He was also active as a planner and activist for the annual Robert F. Kennedy remembrance at the RFK “Outstretched Hands” memorial on the near-northside.
St. John was to be honored at a Nov. 1 memorial service. He is survived by brothers Aaron St. John, Martinsville, Ind., and Dan Richardson, Tempe, Ariz.; a sister, Martha St. John, also of Martinsville; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends.