National LGBTQ Task Force Statement on Death of Edith Windsor

Washington, DC, September 12, 2017 – Edith Windsor, long-time LGBTQ rights leader, died today. Known as Edie to her Task Force family, she will be remembered for her dedication to marriage equality and LGBTQ visibility. Edie’s contributions to progress will forever be a beacon of light for the movement.

“The Task Force family and I are deeply saddened to hear about Edie’s death. Whether enthusiastically attending our Creating Change conference, receiving our Leadership Award, leafing through the history of the LGBTQ movement in her apartment, showing up at protests or sharing a meal and talking over the politics of the day, Edie was an activist through and through. Smart, funny and always engaging, upon receiving the Task Force’s Lifetime Leadership Award in 2013, Edie proudly whipped out her original Task Force membership card and a folder of priceless Task Force documents. I, and we, learned a lot from her and will miss her. Edie changed the landscape of what same-sex couples thought was possible and she forever changed this country. My heart goes out to Judith and all who loved, learned from and were inspired by Edie,” said Rea Carey, executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force.


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