On Friday (15 September), hundreds gathered for Edith Windsor’s funeral, including Hillary Clinton, who gave a beautiful eulogy.
Windsor, an LGBTI icon and activist, passed away last week at 88. The community is still feeling the ripples of her loss and all she gave us.
In 2013, Windsor successfully fought for her rights at the Supreme Court. The result of her case, United States v. Windsor, ended the Defense of Marriage Act. She was an activist within the community long before and after this.
Shortly after her death, former President Barack Obama wrote a loving tribute to Windsor, fondly known as Edie.
This time, it was recent presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s turn. She was one of many to speak about the legacy Windsor left behind. Her nearly 14-minute speech is definitely worth a listen.
‘Doesn’t it feel great to be here, to honor and remember someone who had such a positive, lasting influence on the country and the world?’ She began, continuing the sentiments of celebrating life the service saw.
‘I didn’t know Edie as well as those who have spoken… but I do know what Edie means to America,’ she continued, channeling the leadership shown throughout her career. ‘Not only to our history, but to our present and our future. All week long we’ve seen this immense outpouring of love and gratitude to Edie.’
Clinton’s speech acknowledged the various boundaries Windsor challenged. Not just with the Supreme Court case, but in other ways too, like living on her own, divorced, at 23 in New York City — ‘practically unheard of in those days’.
Near the end, Clinton used Windsor’s example to call on America to resist and fight.
‘She refused to give up on the promise of America. There wasn’t a cynical, defeatist bone in her body. That’s especially important for us to remember now,’ she said. ‘Through her determination and sheer force of will, she brought us another step closer to that more perfect union. Now, in this moment when so much hard-fought progress is hanging in the balance, it is up to all of us to pick up where she left off.’