Civil Rights Groups Pay Tribute To Edith Windsor

From the ACLU:

Today, we lost one of this country’s great civil rights pioneers, Edie Windsor. The wheels of progress turn forward because of people like Edie who are willing to stand up in the face of injustice. One simply cannot write the history of the gay rights movement without reserving immense credit and gratitude for Edie Windsor. We were proud to stand with Edie when she took her fight on behalf of same-sex couples everywhere to the Supreme Court. We mourn her today, as do all whom she touched in her incredible life. Edie always urged others not to ‘postpone joy.’ So even as we mourn this terrible loss, we also celebrate Edie, who set an example for all of us to follow.

From GLAAD:

Edie Windsor is a legend who changed the course of history for the better. She touched countless lives, and we at GLAAD are deeply saddened by her passing, but her kindness, compassion, and legacy will endure. LGBTQ advocates and organizations are planning a vigil for Edie outside of the Stonewall Inn in New York City tonight.

From PFLAG:

We’ve lost a lesbian national treasure, someone who committed to love and never stopped pushing for change and justice. Edie had such joy for life, and gave our community so much. I hope she felt our love for her, and that we gave back to her in the same way she gave to all of us.

From Lambda Legal:

Our hearts are with Edie’s wife, Judith Kasen-Windosr, their family, friends and all whose lives were changed because Edie so fearlessly stood up for herself and her community. She called for the respect and dignity denied to same-sex spouses, and the Supreme Court heard her plea. Because of Edie, we are a more perfect union. She left an indelible mark on all who knew her story, and all whose love is now recognized and protected because of the victory she helped secure for LGBT people. Thank you Edie. You will be remembered with deep respect and gratitude. We will miss you.

From the Civil And Human Rights Coalition:

Edie Windsor was unafraid to stand up when she knew she was being discriminated against, and ultimately, the Supreme Court agreed. Because of her bravery, the nation saw a significant leap forward for LGBTQ equality. While much work remains, the actions of courageous individuals like Edie have helped move us forward as we work towards a more perfect union. We extend our sympathies to her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, and all those who were touched by this amazing woman.

From the Human Rights Campaign:

Edie Windsor is a hero and civil rights icon who pushed our country closer to the promise of a more perfect union,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Future generations will learn how she faced down discrimination with courage and defiance, and boldly challenged the United States government to treat her marriage to Thea Spyer equally under the law — as our Constitution guarantees. After Edie Windsor succeeded in defeating the Defense of Marriage Act, she continued to push forward, galvanizing the support of hundreds of thousands of Americans in support of the Obergefell case before the United States Supreme Court in 2015. We join millions across the nation in mourning the loss of Edie Windsor, and share our deepest condolences with her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.

From People For The American Way:

PFAW is deeply saddened by the loss of Edith Windsor, and our thoughts are with her family and friends. Ms. Windsor was a trailblazer who helped lead the charge for LGBTQ equality. Her landmark Supreme Court case, which granted same-sex married couples federal recognition and benefits for the first time, paved the way for nationwide marriage equality. We are grateful for her perseverance and tenacity, and she will be forever remembered as an iconic symbol of love and equality.

  • AW

    Things need to be named in her honor. We need to recognize more of our LGBT hero’s and she is one at the top.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      YES.

      The Windsor Museum of LGBT history & culture at the Smithsonian?

      • edrex

        brilliant.

      • thom

        I love that idea!

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          Thank you. Forgive my inelegant writing, but I have created a White House petition. If you agree, please share. It will need 99,999 signatures by October 12, 2017 to get a response from the White House

          Create Windsor Museum at the Smithsonian to honor LGBT history & culture.

          LGBT men and women have contributed to the arts, science, military, education, popular culture and more. Because people with non traditional sexual orientation were often forced to hide their true nature, this essentially served to erase the historical record of LGBTs place in American history. With the recent passing of Eddie Windsor, it is past time that our history be documented to be acknowledged, studied & celebrated.

          https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create-windsor-museum-smithsonian-honor-lgbt-history-culture

          • Silver Badger

            Signed.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Thank you. Obviously our current administration won’t do it, but if this gets traction and publicity, maybe a wealthy private donor will consider a foundation to start the process. Without Marshall Field, Chicago wouldn’t have the Field Museum!

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            [And yes, once you hit ‘create’ you can’t edit. Shit!]

          • TuuxKabin

            Signed and forward to many. Thank you. Brilliant idea!

          • Dean Chambers

            signed

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    • AW

      She was really wonderful.

      • LesbianTippingHabits


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    • JCF

      There are so many “fav pics” of her! I’m not sure she could take a bad photo…

      Thank you, Edie. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3

  • thom

    An inspiration to me, made me realize I can be radically queer in my own way

  • fastlanestranger

    A beacon of love in a storm of hate.

    • Todd20036

      I repeat from an earlier thread:

      Just like MLK

      • Hank

        Or Harvey Milk!

  • Todd20036

    Glad I don’t see HRC there.

    They didn’t do shit.

    • Tomcat

      That make you feel better?

      • Todd20036

        I beg your pardon?

    • NotAnApologist

      The sun will rise, and HRC will take credit for it.

  • Tomcat

    At least she won’t have to watch trump destroy everything.

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  • Stogiebear

    She stood up for herself and Thea; she stood up for all of us. Hers were the actions of a champion.

  • TheManicMechanic

    She fought for us all, not just for herself. A true hero.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    We know who won’t comment. But I am sure 44 will.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      You never know. After all, U.S. v. Windsor (2013) was about the Death Tax.

  • clay

    Edith Windsor, Barbara Gittings,
    Lesbian Librarians for America’s Dream!

  • THANK YOU Edith!

  • j.martindale

    She gave an elegant and dignified face to our cause.

  • Robincho

    No offense to HM Elizabeth II, but THIS is the real head of the House of Windsor…

  • JT

    Oh, shit.

  • Ken M

    To the amazing lady…Thank you for all the rainbows.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Edith, even more so than peace, you deserve GLORY! May glory grace your legacy in history books, and may peace crown your eternal rest.