BREAKING: Edith Windsor Dies At Age 88

The New York Times reports:

Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to myriad federal benefits, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 88. Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause. They were married in 2016.

Four decades after the Stonewall Inn uprising fueled the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in America, Ms. Windsor, the widow of a woman with whom she had lived much of her life, became the lead plaintiff in what is widely regarded as the second most important Supreme Court ruling in the national battle over same-sex marriage rights.

The Windsor decision was limited to 13 states and the District of Columbia. But in 2015, the Supreme Court held that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry anywhere in the nation, with all the protections and privileges of heterosexual couples. Its historic significance was likened to that of Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, which decriminalized gay sex in the United States.

A TRUE legend. And so kind and amiable in person.

  • bkmn

    What a lovely woman. Thank you for all you did

  • Mark

    Edie, THANK YOU! Thank you for taking up the mantle of our rights. You are an inspiration for us all. Be well beautiful lady!

  • S1AMER

    Bless her life. And bless her for fighting for us all.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Thank you, you wonderful, passionate, strong woman. You helped change the world for the better. RIP.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Her legacy will live on for generations. Thank you, Edie.

  • Bluto

    Brave, heroic lady who changed the world for the better. It’ a sad day.

  • TJay229

    Oh my… So sad.

  • PickyPecker
  • Will Parkinson

    Thank you for what you’ve done for all of us.

  • Tawreos

    Thank you for all you did, rest in peace.

  • Tatonka

    So sorry to read this, and so grateful for her legacy.

  • ColoMtnWoman

    How heartbreaking. “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”, sweet lady.

    • William

      The universe will sing you to your sleep.

      https://youtu.be/Bs_isWP71FE?t=33s

    • P J Evans

      Get a grip

      • ColoMtnWoman

        I have a grip, dickwad. One hair of her head is worth more than the whole narcissistic psychopathic Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief that currently occupies the WH.

        • P J Evans

          I don’t appreciate the name calling. I don’t think you can really say an 88 year old woman who died is heartbreaking. And truth be told, you don’t know a think about this woman with the exception of her stance on one single issue. What if you found out that she absolutely despised midgets? Hated them with a white hot passion. Would you still be saying that sing thee thy angels crap?

          • ColoMtnWoman

            You can’t possibly imagine how much I don’t care what you do and don’t appreciate.

          • Baby_Raptor

            You’re just embarrassed that I made you look like the fool you are. As I stated earlier, get a grip.

  • HZ81

    Aw, heartbroken. She changed the country forever and made history and changed the future for LGBTQ people here and everywhere!

    We love you, Edie. RIP.

  • ByronK

    RIP Edie. A true pioneer.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    This is so sad, yet her name shall always bring a smile to my face and to the many who will benefit from her strength and courage. She is gone but will never be forgotten. Rest now Edith, you have earned your keep.

  • William

    Thank you Edith, you made our country a better place.

  • JoeMyGod

    I took this in February 2015 at the ribbon-cutting for the remodeled NYC LGBT Community Center. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4790c182b6b6d9824ccf6b153f8ce06c686b159fc01b25e41b25122d083dd4ff.jpg

    • kaydenpat

      Lovely photo.

    • DonnaLee

      Always when I see pictures of this lovely woman, all around her are smiling, and I’m sure much of that is due to her being there.

    • Robincho

      Sometimes the largest lives are stewarded by the smallest people. Look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Where do they find the room for all that greatness?

  • sfbob

    An amazing and courageous woman. May she rest in peace.

  • bkmn

    One of a very few women that worked in computing at IBM in 1958. She was a ground breaker on many levels.

    • DonnaLee

      Thank you, I had forgotten about that. She was a pioneer on a few fronts.

  • Ninja0980

    All she wanted was for the love Thea & she had for 44 years to be legally acknowledged.
    It wasn’t and so she fought for all of us to ensure same sex couples in the future wouldn’t suffer the injustices she and so many others had.
    RIP Edie, and thank you.

  • barrixines

    Thank you, lovely Edie. Job done.

    (Is it too shallow to say, in the light of the major good works she did, one of the things I really loved about her is the way she dressed. Damn that woman was always well turned out.)

    • DonnaLee

      She knew the best people. It’s going to be hard to not cry today.

      • Librarykid

        She is one of the best people.

  • dr tod

    Along with Margaret Sanger, Harriet Tubman, reasonable candidates for veneration

  • JoeMyGod

    I took this at the 2016 Out 100 Awards where Edie talked Dr. Jeff’s ear off for 20 hilarious minutes. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6fcd877f58d45cc102764e1e68e0cde8ed1c0b6aec6bdc792b636b1823281961.jpg

    • Bad Tom

      Pretty awesome!!!

  • AtticusP

    Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

    A real hero died today.

    Rest well, dear Edie. Give Thea a big hug from all of us.

    You have helped change many lives for the better. Probably more than you ever knew.

  • Joe in PA

    Just a reminder: watch “A Very Long Engagement. You will love this woman even more.

    This is so sad.

    • AtticusP

      Love that movie. The scene at the dance pavilion while “Love Is in the Air” is playing always gets to me.

      • Joe in PA

        I think I saw that clip initially in a preview and I thought it was hokey…seeing it in the context of the whole movie was quite a different thing. Damn onions. πŸ™

    • FAEN

      I did when you could stream it on Netflix. Amazing, beautiful and heartbreaking. I got my parents to watch it as well.

    • prixator

      Do you have it on DVD? If so, does it have captions? I looked on Amazon and it doesn’t indicate whether or not it has captions. With my poor hearing, I don’t buy any DVDs unless I know they have captions.

      • Joe in PA

        Ya know, it has been a while, but we likely watched it on Netflix Streaming. I just looked and it is not available via streaming, but it is available on a Netflix DVD…looking at the description, it says that is has Closed Captioning but no subtitles. Hope that helps. It really is a wonderful love story.

        • prixator

          Thanks! Either CC or English SDH (subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing) are what I must have. Most DVDs have at least CC but I wish Amazon would have an explicit category for this in their descriptions (I have written to them. When I look at a DVD for possible purchase and it doesn’t provide this info, I have often found it in the reviews; namely, the 1 star reviews).

  • kaydenpat

    What a legacy to leave behind. Rest In Peace, Madame Windsor.

  • Gerry Fisher

    On the one hand, I’m so, soooo sorry to hear of her passing. (RIP!) On the other hand, it would be hard for any of us to top the last two years of her life in our elder years…may I have 1/100th the relevance and excitement she’s had in recent years should I reach a similar age. What a way to go out!

  • JoeMyGod
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    • DonnaLee

      Pictures I saw of their meeting looked like both were amazed to meet the other one. Edie made it to 88, and she’ll always have a lasting memory in so many of our hearts.

      • FAEN

        She with the help of Roberta Kaplan changed the world.

    • Todd20036

      The MLK for gay people

    • Rocco

      I love this photo! Thank you for posting it. I think I’m going to post their individual photos in my home, the way my grandparent’s generation had MLK,JFK, & RFK. Very emotional…

      • BeaverTales

        I’m putting her in my blog about famous Mathematicians. She was also one of the first female programmers, even before NASA had a space program, she was working for the atomic energy commission as a programmer….just like the mathematical physicist Kathryn Johnson in the movie “Hidden Figures”, Edie will have an honored space on my math blog.

    • teeveedub

      Hero!

  • dcurlee

    We are so grateful for all she did. She was a blessing to the LGBT community. May now she be reunited and celebrating with her wife

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
    • JCF

      …and that’s what LOVE looks like. <3<3

      • Steverino

        Indeed, it is.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      To be so fortunate as to have a relationship like that…

    • prixator

      I love all the old pictures of them – they always so looked so happy and in love.

      I’ll always feel a bit of pride that my city, Toronto, was the place that they were able to get married; a marriage that turned out to be the beginning of the end of DOMA.

  • Gustav2
  • Adam Schmidt

    I remember everyone celebrating the end of 2016 thinking that it was the end of a horrible year and 2017 couldn’t be worse. Fuck… 2017 has been a horrible year beyond my imagining and I can’t wait for it to be over.

    • Ross

      In what way has this been a horrible year for you?

      • Adam Schmidt

        1 – Donald Trump
        2 – Donald Trump
        3 – Donald Trump
        4 – Being unemployed for the last 3 months

        The stress has been just a BIT much.

        • Ross

          I’m sorry to hear about number 4. Perseverance is the key. Easier said than done though, I suppose. I think 1-3 are all in your head. Don’t buy into the nonsense.

          • Adam Schmidt

            Oh I understand on that one, Trump and the rest of the GOP are nothing but nonsensical bullshit out for their own gain at the expense of anyone and everyone else. They have no intention whatsoever to do anything to the benefit of this country unless it first lines their own pocket.

  • Slippy_World
    • coram nobis

      Apt. And in very good taste.

    • Librarykid

      Thank you. In Atlanta, there was an AM classical music station that went off the air at sunset and this was their sign off song. I can’t hear it without thinking of loss, of loss of the daylight, of loss of the beautiful music in my childhood and the loss of those with whom I listened. It is the perfect piece of music for now because each time it seems to come to an end, it begins again, like life, we hope.

  • Paula

    Oh, no!! πŸ™ RIP Edie. You have touched so many lives. Thank you.

  • Rex

    I have tears.
    What an incredible lady.
    And what she did for our community is beyond words.
    Thank you for standing up and refusing to let your love and life be less than anyone else’s.

  • JoeMyGod
    • zhera

      And that’s EXACTLY how she will be remembered. Triumphant, celebrated, glorious, fabulous!

    • FAEN

      I still have that magazine.

    • Mark

      I have the magazine and the t-shrit. I’ve never worn the t shirt but I just may this weekend at Pride, here in Santa Fe.

      • FAEN

        I’m sad to say I’ve worn that t shirt out.

    • Keiffer

      My meager contribution. I got this close to her at this year’s DC Pride and felt so honored. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73e61b80058476e93a4b5c79bfec6953f207a3b2ca70e60f5843f3873810cde4.jpg

      • FAEN

        Isn’t that the Whole Foods in the background? I saw her later on….they had made us move due to the protesters.

    • Dale B

      And I bought the Pride Magazines and t-shirts as mementos (thanks, Joe).

    • Hryflex

      My bf greeted me at the door with this news just now as I was getting home from a “brief” memorial service…that started at 7! — but that’s another story. I’m so glad now that I bought the t-shirt with this on it for both of us. He suggested that we should have them put in frames.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Rest in peace dear. You’ve made a world of difference in the lives of millions.

  • Christopher
  • coram nobis

    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

  • zhera

    A lovely lady. Thank you, Edith!

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    May her memory be a blessing.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Sad to hear. She will never ever be forgotten .

  • AW

    Truly the embodiment of a movement. She left a deep and lasting impact… Thank you, Edith, you made my life better and for that I’ll be grateful forever.

  • Hue-Man

    A reminder that these landmark cases don’t magically appear – real people like Ms. Windsor had the courage to challenge the government, opening their lives to unwanted attention. I doubt many of us would have the ability to continue the years-long fight for justice; she joins a short list of heroes. Millions owe her a big Thank You.

    • Ninja0980

      Not only that, but she had to listen to people downplay her relationship she had with Thea (it’s not real) and saying she was going to join Thea in hell.
      That is something many folks couldn’t handle 24/7.

  • j.martindale

    Thanks, Edie!

  • Jeffrey

    Oh no. Goddammit.

  • Jeffrey

    What a wonderful woman. She accomplished so much for us. She’s a national treasure and how about a monument somewhere, since people seem to be having trouble figuring out good people to make monuments of.

  • JoeMyGod
    • barrixines

      Joe – where does the troll live? I am sure some people here would like, on Edie’s behalf, to pay him a visit.

      • Chris H.

        Joe posted his IP address and apparently he is trolling JMG from work.

        • Steverino

          Good. I was going to suggest that Joe (or somebody else) do that. It is the most efficient form of troll repellant.

  • Phil2u

    OH NOOOOOOO…..
    It’s a miserable day here in N. C. Irma has decided to pay a visit. This news just adds to the gloom. She would not have wanted us to mourn.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Stubenville

      That’s a very nice picture of her.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        I have not seen one photo of Eddie where she didn’t radiate joy & happiness.

    • DonnaLee

      The Summerlands would suit her just fine.

      • Bad Tom

        Yes, they would.

    • JCF

      For her, I BELIEVE there is (and it’s FABULOUS!).

  • bambinoitaliano

    A hero of our time.

  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    Nothing but love for her, her wives, and all that she did for us.

  • Brooklyn Joe

    Edie Windsor RIP – and thank you!

  • matrem

    And as soon as we lose more seats in 2018 and more fundies get installed into the SCOTUS, all of our rights will disappear. At least she got out before the pogrom started.

  • HomerTh

    She was a great heroine, in a time when I needed one.

  • FredDorner

    One of my daughters owes her marriage to Edie.
    I owe my own to Mildred & Richard Loving.

    • edrex

      we all stand on the shoulders of courageous people like those you mention. they are our true ancestors.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Another good person passes, and Dick Cheney is still animated.

    There ain’t no fuckin’ justice.

  • BeaverTales

    To all the people who supported DOMA…FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Edie, you are (and always will be) a hero to me!

  • JWC

    What a woman, a mainstay, an icon She was a face and spirit of the gay cause Thank you for all that you have done. Heartfelt sympathies to Judith. May you rest in peace

  • Stubenville

    =(

    Thank-you for being a trailblazer, Edith. You’ve done us all a great service.

  • OdieDenCO

    Thanks Edie! you have earned a rest and most certainly your place in history.

  • greenmanTN

    I would love to think that one day there will be statues of Edie & Thea in public squares. Rest well, beautiful and brave lady.

  • narutomania

    This news breaks my heart today. But you know, I am sure that she was happy at the very end, proud of the life that she had led.

    Thank you, Edie, for being such an example of courage and love !!!

  • Ninja0980

    I’m glad that she found happiness again with Judith at the twilight of her life as well.

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    Rest in peace and power. A true inspiration to so many.

    I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet and thank her.

    • Bad Tom

      That must have been a cool moment.

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        It was July 4, 2015, in Philadelphia, on the 50th Anniversary of the first LGBTQ civil rights demonstrations.

        A great program that made a point: That even today in the younger generation are people that are different, that deserve equality.

        Edie Windsor was such a class act. Rest in Peace and Power, indeed.

  • Rex

    A post in tribute to a history making woman should not be hijacked by a troll. We’ve fought harder fights, and your sad attempt to intimidate us won’t work. Not now – Not ever.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Our hero accomplishment will last a lot longer than this troll existence. It will die a miserable death unlike many of us who has benefited and continue to benefit for many generations to come.

      • Chicago joe

        And her name and lovely pictures live across the internet now for all time.

        • Hryflex

          And her example will always be there to inspire us to show courage (not to mention intelligence, wit, humor, and style!) in the face of people whose only raison d’Γͺtre is to deprive us of equal rights.

  • Adam Stevens

    Edith Windsor will NEVER die.

    Peace, sister.

  • Rest in power Edith ✊🏽 πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

    • FAEN

      Love that!

  • FAEN

    Profoundly sad.

    On a personal note were it not for her binational couples would still be in limbo. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Ms Windsor.

    Be with Thea now.

  • Treant

    Rest well, Edith Windsor. Your name will be in history books forever. Barring Texas writing it out, of course, but that’s another issue.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Disqus acting funky today.

    • JWC

      not so much on JMG but definetly On Towleroad

  • TimCA

    A civil rights icon has passed today. Her fight made it possible for succeeding generations to live freely in a more open and just society.

  • JoeMyGod

    Our now-dispatched troll’s IP is 99.203.27.239.

    Pasadena, Texas.

    • barrixines

      Is there a lesbian in the house? We need a lesbian.

      • Paula

        I showed it as Los Angeles. Doesn’t matter where he is, he is still an asshole. Beauregard, is that you?

        • William

          I thought it was Milo.

    • boatboy_srq

      Pasadena has power restored after Harvey?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      That’s right outside Houston. You would think he would have more pressing issues right now. Maybe it’s Joel Osteen.

      • boatboy_srq

        Right outside Houston, in the middle of what’s now the toxic swamp, IIRC.

    • JWC

      Joe here is hoping your MOM in FLA is OK

    • bambinoitaliano

      I got Perris, California. He/She uses Sprint.

    • JoeMyGod
      • boatboy_srq

        “Speedy Cash Butcher Shop”? Oh, my.

        • UrsusArctos

          The Sweeny Todd branch?

      • edrex
      • Jonathan Smith

        hope this helps……Panchos meat market  

        Butcher Shop
        Address: 1221 Main St, Pasadena, TX 77506

        • FredDorner

          Wanna bet that he/she/it is a Southern Baptist?

          • Jonathan Smith

            i never take sucker bets

          • boatboy_srq

            Fifty quatloos says AoG.

        • Jonathan Smith

          forgot the phone # (713) 472-3149

          • bambinoitaliano

            I think this number belongs to the other Pancho’s Meat Market. Not the troll Panchos meat market. There is no phone number listed.

        • edrex

          ironic. something that calls itself “dreamers_lol” works at a place called “panchos.”

        • bambinoitaliano

          Not to be confuse with two other Pancho’s Meat Market within the vicinity that have actual reviews and mostly positive. This troll store has zero review. I doubt the hateful meat are edible.

      • ETownCanuck

        I’m actually surprised he’s employed at all and not living in his Grandma’s basement mooching off her Social Security and her prescriptions.

        • Jonathan Smith

          who says he’s employed? maybe they have an open Wi-Fi

          • ETownCanuck

            That seems more likely, he’s probably standing in line at Speedy Cash trying to get a loan.

          • Jonathan Smith

            actually, i imagine he is sitting in his rusted out ’84 ford truck, typing one handed and beating off a pathetic noodle…..

          • William

            He’s there trying to sell a side of road kill for $20.00.

        • DoctorDJ

          …and her dial-up internet connection…

      • Steverino

        Thank you, Joe.

    • William

      Pasadena is a toxic mess on a good day. On bad days, it explodes.

    • Paula

      Shouldn’t he be busy helping someone. Maybe doing some good for once.
      I don’t know where he must be living, his mother’s basement surely flooded.

    • greenmanTN

      No surprise. Pasadena is the only place I ever saw Pat Buchanan campaign signs IRL.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I came in late. I’m glad I missed the troll. What sort of bastard would troll a story about the death of a civil rights icon?

      • prixator

        A Trump supporter?

  • Ander

    She and her legacy are owed just a lot.

  • religion is insane

    She only enjoys equality in little more than three years.

    • JWC

      a Day of something is worth a whole lifetime of nothing

      • FredDorner

        It reminds me that Richard Loving also lived only a few years past the SCOTUS ruling in his case, but at least he did live to see it. For Windsor and the Lovings it must have been an awesome feeling to see the huge impact their cases had.

        • JWC

          And to rest knowing they had achieved the admirable

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, in his case it wasn’t of natural causes but of a drunk driver.
          The unfairness of that angers me to no end.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          And the same with John Lawrence and Tyron Gardner, who started in all with Lawrence v. Texas (2003) and Lambda Legal. Both are now deceased. Thank you.

      • TampaDink

        Hello you! We are alive & well. All of our family & friends in FL & S. GA were spared with very little reports of any damages to homes…and, thankfully, no harm to humans or pets. We’ll head home on Sunday to resume our routine. (I almost typed “normal” routine….but there’s nothing normal about me.)

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Yay TampaDink. Good news.

          • TampaDink

            Thanks, T_L_D!

        • Jonathan Smith
          • TampaDink

            At least you TRIED.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            This is going to be the title of my Autobiography!

        • Ernest Endevor

          Good to know. Thanks for posting.

          • TampaDink

            Glad to be able to do so! We were very lucky…and reports from home indicate our house is fine.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Even better.

        • PickyPecker

          Good to hear from you, TD. Glad things are OK. XO

          • TampaDink

            Thanks, P.P.. All is well. We are grateful.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            Glad you are well and posted to let us know.

        • Silver Badger

          So good to here you are alive. It’s about time you checked in! We have been worried. How is Zeke?

        • JWC

          Denis.. I am so super glad to hear from you Did not think any adversity Just knew you would be busy and possible power issues Many on here asked after you and Billbear compiled a list of all known Floridiana that were on JMG So glad all are safe and well and not normal(hehe) How is the house in Tampa Hugz my friend

        • SoCalGal20

          So happy to see you here! Glad to hear that you and your neighbors were spared significant damage.

          • TampaDink

            Thank you! We’ll be heading home from Tallahassee on Sunday. We have a small tree that is down in our backyard but it didn’t land on the house. We’ll deal with that as well as expressing our gratitude to our neighbors who apparently have cleared our front yard of debris.

        • JWC

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          • TampaDink

            I give it a firm 7. I hope that all is well with you. Lately, along with my sporadic use of the computer, my email alerts for replies here on J.M.G. have been delayed by 2 days or more. (I *just* now got the notice of this comment from you!) Yesterday my car had to go into the shop (again) for a leaking radiator…it will be ready this afternoon…and the shop is giving me a 20% evacuee discount. (They’ll be getting a top rating with very nice comments on Yelp.
            We head home on Sunday.

          • JWC

            Glad it got a passing grade Canadian beers have a stronger taste than US beers For that reason a lot of my US friends don’t care for it Glad car is fixed good discount and good to heading home in a couple of day Hope there are no surprises awaitng

          • TampaDink

            As far as we know from reports from our neighbor & a friend who stopped by to look things over, the house is fine. There is one tree down in the backyard but it isn’t one of the large live oaks. We’re just glad that things didn’t turn out much worse. Buying a new radiator wasn’t really in the budget….so it went on the credit card. There are significant trade offs to owning 2 older cars…no payments, no big distress over parking lot door dings…but these unexpected surprises sure can be a costly pain.

          • JWC

            Oh well as longa s iy works

          • TampaDink

            Indeed. Will post again once we get home, unpacked & reconnected to the internet sometime tomorrow (Sunday).

          • JWC

            Know your pain Have a 2007 Pontiac G6GT convertible won’t run and a 1958 Chev Impala 2 dr Hdtp wont run

    • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Moebym of the Returners

      She did this for us.

  • Moebym of the Returners

    Hero.

  • JCF
  • Gregory B

    Edith Windsor: What a Woman and what a life she led!

  • JoeMyGod
    • PickyPecker

      The ‘do not enter’ hat band ticket. πŸ™‚

      • JoeMyGod

        That’s a street sign behind me!

    • Treant

      (tugs sleeve) Hi, daddy.

      • MT YVR

        Those weren’t his sleeves. Those were nipples. Admit it.

        πŸ˜›

        • FAEN

          Freely.

          • MT YVR

            (laughing) This reminds me of the bad old days when one would cruise the funerals of friends. A whole different world now. And her passing is such a dimming of the world.

    • KaBoomBOX

      Hubba hubba!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Now you done it, Joe. Well this is embarrassing.

      https://i.ytimg.com/vi/FLO4L7MzXyE/hqdefault.jpg

      • Jonathan Smith

        NOTHING there to be embarrassed about… πŸ™‚

      • Silver Badger

        Not to worry. Joe has that effect on many of us.

    • FAEN

      WOOF!

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Beto

    I just want to cry at work!!!

  • Rocco

    The world was better because she was in it. My life has been made significantly better because of her efforts. From what I can gather, she realized what she had done for us, and realized she had made a significant impact for many, many people. I am glad, and I hope her widow maintains a place of honor and respect for her remaining days on earth. I also hope there is a reuniting with her first wife’s spirit in some way. A recompense for her soul. I hope there is a monument erected in Ms. Windsor’s honor and I hope there is a public way for her many devotees to register our gratitude, grief, and admiration for this heroine and titan of our movement.

    • Librarykid

      Contributions in her memory to the organizations who helped in her fight will be living memorials to her life and name while serving to make life better for all.

  • Pip
  • Rest in peace. You have done good work in your lifelong struggle, and have improved the lives of millions.

    • Ross

      God, that Mits is such an asshole. She couldn’t have been more wrong about the facts. Somebody help her pull her head out of her ass. I’m so irritated.

  • Todd

    I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said, but she was a true hero. I never met her but, because of her, my life is significantly better.

  • SFBruce

    What a life; what an example for us all. RIP, Edie, and thanks to the universe for putting her on our team.

  • BearEyes

    Thank you Edie and Thelma and Judith.
    Forever grateful.

  • FormerMainer

    Rest in Peace. We owe her so much.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I was dropping my friend off at the airport when I heard the news on The Signorelli Show. So sad, but what an amazing life she had, and what an amazing civil rights hero she was.

    Rest In Peace Ms. Windsor and thank you for everything you did for all of us.

  • Superman

    I’ll never forget her. Her story became our story. We owe her so much.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    So so sad! In other disappointing news: My mayor has resigned after his cousin become his fifth accuser.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-mayor-ed-murray-resigns-after-fifth-child-sex-abuse-allegation/

    • thom

      Good luck, when I mentioned the accisations on here a few months ago almost every single reply called me a homophobic Trump supporter who was unfairly attacking a good man. And told the victims couldn’t be trustworthy because they were part of a homophic smear campaign.
      And more hysterically told me we shouldn’t cover news of accusations unless they were proven in court

      • RaygunsGoZap

        I recall. I’ve been torn about this myself – as both a survivor of abuse and as a supporter of Ed. I haven’t read any accusations after the first one so I really am still at a loss. I was abused and it took me a couple of decades to figure out my own truth of “what happened to me” so I’m loathe to dismiss accusers out of hand – even if I don’t like the accused. In this case, I do like him and it’s been difficult reconciling the appreciation of what he’s done for WA state with the continuing accusations. It’s fucked either way.

        • thom

          I’m sorry to hear that you were abused, but glad to hear that you are a survivor. My husband is as well.
          This is a good lesson to learn, an accuser should always be listened too, not always automatically believed, but listened too.
          What convinced me that there was fire under the smoke is how he attacked the accusers.
          But now it’s time for gay media to step up. If this was a Republican mayor of a major city there would have been a dozen stories already on this blog

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Thanks! I’ve come out the other side pretty ok. Along the way soooooo many other people had strong opinions about my experience (including ‘you can’t rape gays/males’, ‘it takes two to tango’, ‘you were an attention seeker’ and my favorite from some fellow gays ‘that’s your own homophobia talking…same thing happened to me and it was sex, not rape’). i did just read a highlight of all his accusers’ stories and they’re very similar and interconnected which i was surprised by. the truth is out there but i don’t think we’ll know for sure

          • thom

            The responses to your abuse are horrifying. I’m so sorry.
            Things like that are why my husband didn’t tell anyone other than me and a therapist until he was 30.

            The accusers here were all vulnerable males with questionable backgrounds/life stories. Exactly who a predator with target. His latest accuser, though, was a family member

    • JCF

      Just heard this. Of course, any accused is “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law”. . . but I’m glad he resigned. You can’t have this hanging over you, and do the job. May Justice Be Done.

  • LovesIrony

    Thank you for your courage and love. You are a hero to many.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Brava, diva!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but this is an excellent read:

    Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a β€œsociopath” and β€œa very sick individual”
    But when it comes right down to it, they have some compassion; they have a conscience. But not Donald Trump. That is the malignant part. So yes, you want to say he is narcissistic personality, yes. Malignant narcissism? Yes. Sociopathy? Yes. Antisocial personality? Yes. Paranoia? Absolutely. He is quite paranoid, but again, if you look at it from underneath, it all fits together.
    https://www.salon.com/2017/09/12/harvard-psychiatrist-lance-dodes-donald-trump-is-a-sociopath-and-a-very-sick-individual/#.WbfawwISwak.twitter

  • Gil

    She made this world a better place for everyone…Equality does that….

  • GayOldLady

    What a wonderful, exciting, beautiful life she led. She made history and gave our community the legacy of “Love Wins”. Who could ask for anything more out of life? Move on to the next journey Edie.

  • Publius

    I’m in tears. We all owe a bit of our freedom to Ms. Windsor.

  • Rob NYNY

    She will be in every Constitutional law text published from now on, like the Lovings. That’s quite a legacy.

  • JoeMyGod

    I took this earlier this year at the Village Voice Pride Awards. To the left is trans teen Gavin Grimm, this year’s NYC Pride Grand Marshal. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a613663963978c77a56ed30f562a8995396f66da6267396e51992df548f001e.jpg

  • thom

    I’ve got an idea on who’s statue can replace all these confederate monuments being taken down

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/josheidelson/status/907692896048074753
    To touch on what several said below, the fact is in many of these civil rights cases, in order to win, you have to be pretty close to a saint.
    A widow in her 80’s who cared for a sick spouse and got hit with a huge tax bill she wouldn’t have if her spouse was a man fits that bill.
    Far different then Lawrence V. Texas, that’s for sure.

  • MB

    Alleluia, Alleluia.
    May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Alleluia, Alleluia.
    Remember me O Lord, when you come into your kingdom. Alleluia, Alleluia.
    Give rest O Lord to your handmaid, who has fallen asleep. Alleluia, Alleluia.
    The Choir of Saints have found the well-spring of life and door of paradise.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
    Life a shadow and a dream. Alleluia, Alleluia.
    Weeping at the grave creates the song. Alleluia.
    Come, enjoy rewards and crowns I have prepared for you. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ma_Ouv74_8

    • JCF

      As I was waiting for my (old&slow) computer to load this, I HOPED it was Tavener! [Been thinking about this again recently, since the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death (where, I assume, so many of us first heard this amazing piece)]

      “Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”, Edie…

    • Bad Tom

      NOW YOU’VE DONE IT.
      I’m crying.

      Saint Sir Tavener, please welcome Saint Edie Windsor to your Firmament. She is a lovely lady, much deserved of praise.

    • Gregory B

      I first heard Song for Athene at Diana’s funeral mass and than, much later, at the funeral mass for a friend’s son. It is chilling, haunting, but then becomes hopeful, ending in a magnificent crescendo. You feel like you are transported to heaven. I expect Edith Windsor is enjoying the love of family and friends long gone, receiving the rewards and crowns that have been prepared for her. May her soul rest in peace.

  • Scott Carpenter

    She accomplished what I still have as my life goal: leave the world a little better than I found it.

  • Xuuths

    Thank you, Ms. Windsor, for all you helped accomplish!

  • Edie was a lovely person and an inspiration. She made an impact, and a difference, and left the world a slightly better place than it was when she arrived. May she rest in peace!

  • Michael White

    I am married now because of her. How can I possibly express my gratitude to her and what she has done for people everywhere.

  • M Jackson

    She did good. A true hero.

  • Bison Burgher

    AdΓ©u-siau, Edith. We were so looking forward to sharing a fine glass of Rioja with you in our villa.

    β€œIf Trump becomes president, we are going on a four-year honeymoon in Barcelona,” Windsor says.

  • Karl Dubhe

    RIP

  • Hank

    Despite the losses and difficulties, here in FL due to Irma. NOTHING has brought tears to my eyes, like the loss of Eddie Windsor!!! A brave woman, who stood up for ALL of our rights. The “Harvey Milk” of our day!!! She will be missed AND revered by us!!!

  • blogging this on my site http://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com so that her life and activism will inspire others world-wide. Thank you, Edie – love you

  • TheManicMechanic

    We owe her so much. We can pay it back by continuing the fight.

    Rest in peace, mum.

  • WitlessProtection

    This has been a horrible week for me. A friend of mine died at Six Flags over the weekend, my dad is in intensive care after falling from a ladder, and now this. Rest In Peace Edie, people who will never know you, owe you more than they will ever know.

    • JCF

      {{{WitlessProtection}}} Hang in there…

    • Bad Tom

      (((Hugs)))
      So sorry to hear that.

  • Dagoril

    [This is sad.]

  • jimbo65

    Oh no! This is the first chance I’ve had to visit JMG. What sad news. Thank you Edith for all you did for us. RIP.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      I’m a bit late, but I just wanted to welcome you to JMG!

      • jimbo65

        Thank you. Although I’ve been a visitor here for a number of years. My phrasing might have been off. πŸ˜‰

  • Dunkerblinker

    The world is a bit dimmer today.

  • Jerry Kott

    And she did it with the grace of an Eagle. She will live forever. RIP

  • Vinnie NYC

    Edie, thank you, I owe my marriage and happiness to you.

  • Andymac3

    A life lived wonderfully! Thank you Edith Windsor, you were courageous and never gave up.

  • RobynWatts

    I’m am so thankful for Edie and Judith’s victory in 2015. It allowed friends that I considered my family to be legally married throughout the U.S., without having to relay on a patchwork of laws that varied from one state to the next.

    R.I.P. Edie Windsor….😞 and thank you.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    She truly became one with the universe today, having brought so much joy to this mournful earth. A new star is shining brightly tonight and for every night.

  • Richard

    What sad news ! Rest in peace Edith.

  • Mark McGovern

    Had the honour of seeing her ( and hollering drunken thank you’s at her) at the DC pride parade this year. We, a Canadian American couple are and will ever be eternally grateful to her, and those pioneers like her.

  • SoCalGal20

    Rest in Power, Edie. Thank you.

  • JCF

    I’m listening to NPR’s tribute (Nina Tottenburg, reporting) right now. Choking back tears…

  • fuzzybits

    I just got on the laptop and found out about this. She lived a long and meaningful life. It still hurts though as I along with others took her into our hearts. I saw the other thread where President Obama payed tribute to Edie. I don’t see the asshole in the White House now or many if any republicans saying a damn word. RIP Edith Windsor.

  • Ken M

    Let any of the right wing scum say ONE NEGATIVE (GOD’S WILL) COMMENT CRAP, and they will find that HELL is waiting for them. WITH BELLS ON! RIP amazing lady. Free at last https://sites.google.com/site/cmdinfinity/_/rsrc/1411046922267/home/Rainbow_fire_Wallpaper_0pq7a.jpg

  • Bad Tom

    Blessed Be, Edith Windsor! You are a beautiful soul. Thank you for being with us for awhile.

    Let there be peace, life, light, freedom, and equality in the hearts and minds of everyone of thinks of you, Edith. May the thought of your spirit and love bring grace to our lives.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      I’m really late, but…what a beautiful comment!

      • Bad Tom

        Thank you.

  • leastyebejudged

    Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m married.

    When he smiles at me with that goofy sincere smile, and all the things that hurt just disappear.

    How do you even begin to thanks someone for that ?

    How do you begin to express gratitude for something that you didn’t even know was so important for you ?

  • Ken M

    It’s in the paper in Australia, and of course the BBC has it. The world knows of our loss. You changed the world amazing lady. Edie, A true hurricane.

  • canoebum

    Thank you, Edie. You held a lamp high for others to follow. It’s light has brought hope and happiness to millions of people.

  • BartmanLA

    My husband and I THANK YOU, Edie, you stood up and made a difference, your voice was heard and it has forever changed the lives of millions of citizens. I proudly wear my wedding ring as a tribute to you and your lovely partner. Thank you again and you will be remembered by this married gay man.

  • ColdCountry

    Thank you, Edie. The world is a better place for everyone thanks to you.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Edie Windsor, in her advanced age, fought long and hard, and won not just for herself but for future generations of Americans who will grow up never doubting their ability to marry the person they love. She could have left the fight to others much younger, but she did not. And for that, I bow my head in respect to a fine lady!

  • Edmund Allin
  • Six Pins Delores

    A great inspirational woman.

  • TheSeer

    Thank you for everything Eddie. Goodbye!

  • Bj Lincoln

    I grew up knowing I would never be married. I never planned on one when my friends were planning theirs. I made commitments that were marriage of the hearts but not with the respect or benefits that come with legal marriage. I was there when Edith Windsor came out of the Supreme Court building with a big smile and hands held high. All we had to do was wait for an answer and the fight for now was over but she was hopeful. When she won, I wept. When I married the love of my life 7 years ago in DC it was thanks to her. Today I weep for the loss of a brave, funny and strong woman who helped to bring marriage to millions of people. Edith Windsor is part of our American history. Every law student will know her name. She is part of our LGBT history and we will be forever grateful for what she did. Rest in Peace Edith.

  • iambu

    I deliberately avoided coming here last night when I heard about it. I’m such a wimp, I didn’t wanna cry more. But it’s my opinion that Edith Windsor can’t ever really die. She’s simply unavailable to us at the moment.

    Edie, thank you for everything you’ve done. You lived a purposeful life and you made the world a better place. You’ll always be a hero. So grab a martini and put your feet up. We’re all celebrating you, and if you catch one of us crying, it’s not ’cause we’re sad that you’re gone, it’s ’cause we can’t believe how lucky we were to have you!

  • supasugacrisp

    An American Icon! Thank You Edie and RIP.