Senator Edward Kennedy Dies at 77; LGBT Tributes Pour In

Photo by Rex Wockner c. 1979, Des Moines, Iowa.


Kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer late last night.

Said the family in a statement: "Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever."

The loss was felt deeply by the nation's LGBT community.

RoadFearless leader in the fight against hate crime...
RoadAMFAR CEO: An unrivaled ally in the fight against AIDS.
RoadGLSEN: "If the Safe Schools Improvement Act, currently introduced in the House, becomes law, it would be a testament to Senator Kennedy’s insistence that all students must be protected in any federal anti-bullying policy."
RoadNational Gay & Lesbian Task Force: Edward Kennedy "spent his life fighting for justice..."
RoadHuman Rights Campaign: "The nation has lost its greatest champion and strongest voice for justice, fairness, and compassion. The loss to our community is immeasurable.  There was no greater hero for advocates of LGBT equality than Senator Ted Kennedy." RECORD on gay rights...GLAAD: "From the outset, he valued our contributions and supported our equality."
RoadBoston LGBT community members remember Kennedy...
RoadDavid Mixner: My memories of Senator Kennedy.
RoadVIDEO: NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
RoadA Lion in Winter (of 1972): Courage when few others had it.

Kennedy speaking at the 2008 HRC Equality Convention, AFTER THE JUMP...