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LGBTQ Leaders Mourn Rep. John Lewis

By Charlotte Robinson, July 18, 2020
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) was an icon of the civil rights movement who served Georgia’s 5th District since 1986 & was often referred to as the “conscience” of the United States Congress. Lewis was one of the “Big Six” group leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington taking a leading role in the fight to end of segregation. Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director at The National Center for Lesbian Rights stated, “They called him the “conscience of the Congress” but he was the conscience of our movements & our people. The path toward justice is long & we’re this far because giants like him led us here. We are his legacy. Rest well, Congressman. We’ll take it from here.” Brandon J Wolf, Pulse Nightclub Survivor & LGBTQ Activist added, “Our country will forever be indebted to you for your courage. Your resilience. Your fight & I will forever be grateful to have gleaned just a bit of your wisdom.‬ Rest in power, my friend. May we make good trouble in your honor.” Cathy Renna Target Cue & The Task Force Director Communications added, “Heartbreaking. We have lost a giant of the civil rights movement, an American icon & hero. John Lewis was always an inspiration & a person whose words, deeds & philosophy will forever inspire us. May we all commit to continuing to make good trouble in his memory & name.” Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National concluded, “There is a reason PFLAG National honored Congressman Lewis as the first recipient of our Champion of Justice Award because truly, justice had no greater champion...Rest in power Congressman Lewis, on behalf of PFLAG families across the country, who are forever indebted to you.”
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