LGBTQ Rights Trailblazer.

I’ll never forget the look of sheer joy on Edie Windsor’s face as she bopped around to the music blaring towards the end of New York City’s Pride parade route this past June. It was the second Pride at which I’d seen the LGBT icon; who passed away Tuesday at the age of 88. She’s of course best known for her victory against the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court back in 2013. Same-sex couples are now able to enjoy the rights and benefits associated with marriage because of her efforts (and most young folks don’t know that).

I had the immense pleasure of speaking with Edie on two separate occasions, both of which were at LGBT-themed functions. Our second interaction was actually quite sobering. As Edie strolled along the red carpet; absolutely no one stopped to talk to the woman who changed the face of queer equality. I, however, saw it as an opportunity to chat with a legendary figure… someone whose contributions to my community are quite immeasurable. I’m saddened by her death but emboldened by her life example.

RIP Edie, and thank you for everything!