The LGBTQ community lost a historic leader in the passing of Edie Windsor. Best known internationally for her marriage equality advocacy, Ms. Windsor filed a lawsuit against the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and in a landmark ruling in 2013, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional, granting equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples in a limited number of states before ruling in 2015 that marriage between same-sex partners is a national constitutional right.
The following statement is from Trevor Project CEO & Executive Director Amit Paley:
“Present and future LGBTQ youth will always see Edie Windsor as an icon, who argued forcefully that they were worthy of acceptance, respect, and celebration.
“The Trevor Project is grateful for her commitment to LGBTQ causes generally, and to youth in particular. Though she was best known for her work on marriage equality, Edie also had a significant passion for helping LGBTQ youth.
“Just this past weekend, Edie convened a group of LGBTQ youth-facing organizations in New York City, including The Trevor Project. We spoke to her by phone on Saturday and she inspired us with her dedication and commitment to creating a brighter future for all LGBTQ young people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. She similarly moved us when she accepted The Trevor Project’s 2017 Icon Award this past June.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends, her wife Judith Kasen, and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. A grateful LGBTQ community will never forget Edie Windsor and her contributions to building a more inclusive world.”
Watch Edie Windsor accept the Trevor Icon Award at TrevorLIVE New York from June 2017.
Media Contact: Sheri Lunn, Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Engagement, The Trevor Project