Human Rights Campaign Releases Statement on the Passing of Rep. Julia Carson

by HRC Staff

Civil rights and GLBT advocate remembered for her support and unwavering commitment

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese released the following statement today on the passing of Rep. Julia Carson (D-IN). The Congresswoman died Saturday at her Indianapolis home. She was 69.

"Congresswoman Carson was a tremendous advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. As the first black person and first woman to represent Indianapolis in Congress, she understood our fight for equality and was a loyal ally. Rep. Carson championed many issues - from helping children, women's rights, or working to reduce homelessness - she worked on the behalf of all people from all walks of life.

"Rep. Carson displayed a lifetime of commitment towards GLBT issues. It is my hope Members of Congress and others in leadership roles will look to her legislative record and her unparalleled support on behalf of our community as a guide to advocacy in action.

"Born to a single mother who worked as a housekeeper, Rep. Carson worked her entire life to better the lives of others, including those in the GLBT community. On behalf of the Human Rights Campaign we say thank you and remember the work of Rep. Julia Carson.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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