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Fat acceptance gets fat people to feel better about themselves by lying
to them about the dangers of obesity. If they believe it they have no
reason to stop g****ng themselves.

Ray Simpson accepted himself. Here's his obituary written by a fat

Ray Simpson, 1945-2002
Fat Acceptance Pioneer

by Marilyn Simpson

Ray Simpson was born and raised in Pasadena, California. Ray worked as a
taxpayer specialist for the IRS for 23 years. He was one of the top, most
knowledgeable people who was honored by his peers and management as one of
the best and hardest working employees throughout his time with them.

As a young fat man, Ray struggled with all the problems we all have as fat
people, and he started looking for ways to protest the way he was treated
because of his weight. In 1969, Ray read in the newspaper about a group
that had started in New York that was fighting the fight for fat
acceptance. This intrigued him and he wrote to Bill Fabrey, who was
mentioned in the article, and inquired about starting a group in the Los
Angeles area. This led to him meeting some wonderful women who worked
beside him in NAAFA. Ray became a lifetime member in NAAFA as he was there
from the beginning. After a while, Ray and a few of the ladies felt NAAFA
wasn't radical enough and they formed the "Fat Underground" and did things
on their own. They wrote position papers about seat belts in cars,
turnstiles in grocery stores, etc. Early on when seatbelts were first
installed there were no extenders and some cars would not start without the
seatbelts hooked up. What were fat people to do? In airplanes they were
giving extenders to pregnant women, but fat people were kind of unaware
they had them and were sometimes embarrassed when they couldn't fasten the
seat belts. In grocery stores it was very hard for a fat person to get
through the turnstiles to even shop. Ray and the ladies wrote these
position papers and went to health fairs, set up booths for themselves and
passed out their papers. They went to Weight Watcher meetings and stood
outside and passed out their papers. They tended to make a lot of noise
regarding the fat acceptance movement. They always felt you could be fat
and happy and have always fought to end discrimination.

Ray was President of the LA-NAAFA Chapter for several years in the late
'80s. While he was president, we wrote a petition for the national board
members to change the name from the National Association to Aid Fat
Americans to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. Many of us
were bothered by the word AID in the name; we felt it was labeling us as
"handicapped". We wanted acceptance - not aid. The Board of Directors voted
on this and thus, the new name for NAAFA.

My name is Marilyn (Mann - Kastleman) Simpson. In 1985, at a LA-NAAFA pool
party, I met Ray. The LA Chapter of NAAFA had all come together to have
some fun and finish the planning of the national convention that was to be
in Los Angeles a few weeks later. Ray and I started talking about all the
plays and concerts that we had both been to and all the things we liked and
had in common, not to mention NAAFA, and became instant best friends and
realized we were soul mates soon after. We were engaged within a few weeks
and married just three months later. This man was one of a kind; a jewel of
a man who was a dream husband and stepfather - the true love of my life. He
was a large man, and the most gentle, kind and loving man anyone could
dream of.

Ray showed me the world. We went on several cruises in our 16+ years
together and he had been to some 50+ countries before I met him. His thirst
for knowledge and new experiences was so great. Life excited him so - and
sharing it with me made him so happy - and vice versa. Being a fat man (a
fat couple) never fazed him as far as stopping him from doing the things he
loved. His attitude was that he only had one life to live, this was it, and
he was going to live it to the fullest. He did.

My beloved Ray discovered he had diabetes when we first met in 1985. We
joined the Diabetes Group in NAAFA. He fought the diabetes fight and slowly
lost over 100 pounds over the years, but that was not enough. The damage
had been done. In 1999 Ray had a triple bypass. He had a small blister on
his foot at the same time and that took on a life of its own. Soon one
surgery after another took his toes, then parts of his foot, then leg, then
part of the other foot. He had to take a disability retirement from the IRS
in 1999 and had been struggling hard with the effects of diabetes for the
last three years.

Ray lost his battle on March 5, 2002, but in his short 57 years he lived a
fantastic life. He still believed in and loved NAAFA until the very end. He
fought the fight quietly; he just wasn't an active member towards the end.
We were grateful for NAAFA bringing us together. No couple was happier or
more compatible. We had more fun than two people had a right to have. Thank
you NAAFA!
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