Goodbye, Fierce Advocate

Jim Burroway

August 26th, 2009

365gay.com has compiled a comprehensive list of accomplishments by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy on behalf of the LGBT Community. Scanning the list, it becomes clear that the gay community had no better friend in either house of Congress than in Sen. Kennedy. From championing efforts to provide basic HIV/AIDS care in the 1980s when Sen. Jesse Helms and others were proposing quarantines and concentration camps, to insuring the American with Disabilities Act covered individuals with HIV, to standing firm against efforts to write discrimination into the federal constitution, Sen. Kennedy was out in front — often way out ahead of everyone else in leading the way for equality. That’s what a fierce advocate really looks like. The Lion leaves behind an empty den. He will be sorely missed.

Richard W. Fitch

August 26th, 2009

Teddy was one of the few real giants of our time. Despite personal and political sorrow, he rose to be a formidable statesman. Let us all pray for the comfort of his family and pray that the gapping hole he leaves in the nation my soon be claimed by a new champion of justice.

Chris McCoy

August 26th, 2009

May Ted’s bold leadership inspire our generation and the next to rise up and fill such shoes as his. May his legacy not go unfulfilled in these times when undaunted leadership such as his is sorely needed. May he smile down upon us as we go forth and carry that torch of liberty into the dark corners that need it most. And may we succeed in those efforts that he began, so that our children are uplifted to a place he could only dream of.

Lindoro Almaviva

August 26th, 2009

Well, maybe Obama should receive this list and be told: This is how a fierce advocate looks like.

Maybe then he will get his head out of his ass and realize that there is nothing on advocate, let alone fierce about him and his relationship with the GLBT community

Burr

August 26th, 2009

While I didn’t agree with him on a lot of stuff, he was an ally on most of the things that really counted personally..

gar

August 26th, 2009

This is absolutely what a fierce advocate looks like. We are all the better for his tireless work, and we’re all the sadder to say goodbye.

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