Paul Israel Rapoport




Paul Israel Rapoport (March 6, 1940, Flushing, New York, United States – July 9, 1987, New York, New York, United States), an attorney, was a co-founder of both the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Services Center and Gay Men's Health Crisis. At GMHC, he developed the very first support group program for care partners of people with AIDS.

He was also a member of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Bar Association of Human Rights for Greater New York. Paul’s concern for health and well-being was not limited to the body alone: it extended to the mind as well and was reflected in the funding he provided to the New York Center for Visual History for a film production on the meaning of mental health. The private foundation that bears his name is one of the oldest and largest LGBT-focused foundations in the country. Paul was deeply committed to supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities with a particular focus on efforts to eliminate homophobia and discrimination against gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons.

Rapoport attended P.S. 107 in New York City, the Horace Mann School and Cornell University. He graduated cum laude from Columbia University Law School in 1965, and later received an LL.M. in tax law from New York University School of Law.

Paul made significant charitable contributions during his lifetime and provided for the establishment of the Foundation bearing his name after his death. The Foundations endeavors are to support his concerns and further his dreams.

Rapoport died of AIDS at New York University Medical Center in 1987. His estate of roughly $8 million was used to establish The Paul Rapoport Foundation, Inc. which at Rapoport's direction gives to LGBT and HIV/AIDS causes in the New York metropolitan area.