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Edith Windsor

Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor died of unspecified causes on September 12th, leading to an outpouring of remembrances from politicians and celebrities spanning several decades. She was 88.

"I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality. Edie was the light of my life," her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, said in a statement. "She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community which she loved so much and which loved her right back."

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