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HRC Founding Board Member Bettie Naylor Passes Away

HRC President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement in reaction to the passing of Bettie Naylor, a leading LGBT and women’s rights activist, and a founding board member of the Human Rights Campaign:

“Bettie Naylor was a force to be reckoned with, and played a central role in bettering the lives of LGBT people at both the national level and in Texas. As a founding board member of the Human Rights Campaign, and a leader in starting our Austin Steering Committee, Bettie was a tireless advocate and never stopped working to ensure that members of our community received the rights, dignity, and respect that all people deserve. Bettie was driven by a desire to create a future where kids never had to be ashamed of who they were, but could instead live openly and without fear. Today, we live in a country where many loving, committed same-sex couples can marry and start families, where many students can thrive in their communities without fear of violence, and where a growing number of businesses are recognizing the importance of protecting their LGBT employees – these are all part of Bettie’s lasting legacy.”

In addition to her work starting HRC, Bettie was a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force board and an early leader with Equality Texas. She is survived by her wife.

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