Over the past two days, I have read countless stories from friends sharing their fondest memories of Edie Windsor.


The stories are filled with descriptions of Edie, including: Godmother of Marriage Equality, advocate, bright star, mesmerizing, inspiring, pioneer, the matriarch, brave, loving, SHERO.

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But the word I see over and over in the tributes to Edie is simply - a friend.


I first met Edie in 2012 at the Creating Change Conference in Baltimore, Md. I would meet her on several other occasions through my work with SAGE over the next few years. And no matter how long it had been since our last visit, she always greeted me with a warm embrace.


One of my favorite memories with Edie was attending the LGBT Pride Reception at the White House in 2012. My wife Kim and I were walking through the first security check when out of nowhere Edie appeared right in front us. As I introduced Kim to Edie and we continued to walk in single file through the security line, Edie stopped and turned to me and said, “I won!” - to which I responded, “I know! Edie, who would have thought you would sue the U.S. government and still get invited to the White House!"


We both laughed and later toasted her U.S. District Court victory that overturned Section 3 of DOMA and a year later would be upheld by SCOTUS. Being at the White House and sharing this historic moment in LGBT equality with my wife and Edie Windsor are memories to last a lifetime.


I honor the life and love story of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer for helping to bring the LGBT community one step closer to equality. I also share my condolences with Edie’s widow, Judith Kasen-Windsor. May the legacy of Edie inspire us all to work for a more just world. In closing, as Edie would say, “Don’t postpone joy!”


Sherrill Wayland founded SAGE Metro St. Louis now SAGE of PROMO Fund and currently works for the national SAGE office as the Manger of National Projects.

 

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