He publicly disclosed his sexual orientation after a former congressional page, then 27, said in 1983 that he and the congressman had a sexual relationship a decade earlier, when the page was 17. The House censured Studds for sexual misconduct.
A word to the wise: If you prefer to engage in sexuality with high school boys - put your aspirations towards the Massachusetts Legislature and not the priesthood. The Boston Globe loves politicians who engage in sexuality with high school boys.
So do the Democrats.
Studds, 69, had been hospitalized after falling while walking his dog several days ago. He died in Boston Medical Center of complications from vascular disease, according to his husband, Dean T. Hara.
(Who has been denied survivor benefits)
``Gerry's leadership changed Massachusetts forever and we'll never forget him," US Senator Edward M. Kennedy said in a statement.