Need support, need to talk? Call 1-800-243-7692
GMHC - Fight Aids. Love Life.

GMHC Mourns the Loss of Edie Windsor




Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 |


Kelsey Louie and Edie WindsorNew York, NY--The following is a statement from GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie on the death of Edie Windsor.

"GMHC is deeply saddened by the passing of Edie Windsor--a pioneer in the world of LGBT rights, a longtime friend to GMHC, and a wonderful woman with one of the biggest smiles we ever knew.

"Edie glowed in every kind of setting, whether as a winning plaintiff on the steps of the Supreme Court or a cheering face in a Pride March crowd. At our annual gala earlier this year, friends and strangers alike lined up to greet her, and to thank her for literally changing the world. Edie responded with characteristic grace, a sense of humor, and a remarkable lack of ego. She was the best kind of celebrity.
"Edie was always confident that love would ultimately win the day, but she also knew she wouldn't win without hard work, strategy, and tenacity. That's why we're especially proud that Robbie Kaplan, GMHC's board co-chair, represented Edie in the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized marriage equality across the United States. Robbie and Edie created a tremendous team together, and we're grateful to have Robbie's wise counsel and leadership.
"We'll miss Edie, but we know that the causes she championed--obtaining civil rights for all, fighting on behalf of the disenfranchised, and approaching every situation with compassion--will continue to be central to our work. We're confident Edie's legacy will live on, and our hearts go out to her friends, supporters, and especially her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor."


VIGIL - THIS EVENING (Tuesday, September 12)
There will be a vigil this evening, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm, at the Stonewall National Monument, 53 Christopher Street near 7th Avenue, New York City.  All are welcome.
About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit