Photo by Rex Wockner c. 1979, Des Moines, Iowa.
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.
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GLSEN: "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."
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: Edward Kennedy "spent his life fighting for justice..."
Human 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."
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Kennedy speaking at the 2008 HRC Equality Convention, AFTER THE JUMP...