Wednesday, October 22, 2014

White House Honors Andrew Cray

The White House honored Andrew Cray as a “champion of change.” Andrew was a fierce advocate for our LGBT community & a cherished member of the Center for American Progress family. Andrew passed away on August 28th after a battle with cancer. He was 28. Neera Tanden, President of Center for American Progress stated, “Andy’s legacy is one of social justice for many members of vulnerable communities—LGBT or otherwise. While the world may have lost his wit & brilliance, the body of work he left behind & the policies for which he fought hard & won will always remain. Andy was one of the unsung heroes of LGBT advocacy. He worked tirelessly to ensure that LGBT people are treated with dignity & fairness in all aspects of life, including in health care & coverage, where his work continues to literally save lives. He changed minds & bettered lives, all without any expectation of praise, which is why the White House honoring him as a champion of change is so very appropriate. I know that I speak for the entire CAP family in congratulating Andy’s wife Sarah McBride, along with his CAP colleague Kellan Baker & his family, who I know are as proud of Andy’s accomplishments as we are at CAP. It is days like today that we feel honored to have known him, to have watched him work, to have shared in his successes, & to dream of the future successes of which we know he was capable. Andy Cray was a true champion of change & we could not be happier to have the whole world know it.”
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