“Edie was my close friend, supporter and a mentor,” said Christine C. Quinn. “She was sweet, kind and loving to Kim and me. When New Yorkers – especially young LGBTQ New Yorkers – saw Edie on the street, they’d run up to her, thank her, hug her, sometimes with tears of gratitude and tell their stories and detail how her story touched their lives. She’s a civil rights giant who will impact hundreds of thousands of people for decades to come and will be remembered as a woman whose bravery and insistence on equality and respect changed the course of history.
“Just over four years after Edie brought down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), we are in dark times for civil rights. I hope all New Yorkers are propelled by Edie’s determination, fight and humour.”