New York, NY – Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO said in a statement upon learning of the death of rep. John Lewis, “Lambda Legal joins others around the country in mourning the loss of John Lewis, a civil rights icon who dedicated his life to the struggle for justice and human dignity. We stand in awe and admiration of Mr. Lewis’ enormous contributions not only to the LGBT community but to the unending struggle to uproot inequality wherever it exists. Every one of us who continues the fight for equality and civil rights in our own communities owes a great debt to this fearless, tireless leader who has stood on the frontlines for more than fifty years.

            “In 2007 in Selma, President Obama paid tribute to Rep. Lewis as part of the ‘Moses Generation’ of civil rights leaders whose heroism paved the way for future generations of activists, saying ‘I’m here because you all sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants.’ Truer words were never spoken about the enormous contribution of this legendary man to the struggle for dignity for all people. . . Whether it was on a bus as a Freedom Rider, on that Selma bridge as a young SNCC organizer fighting for voting rights, or in the halls of Congress where he served for thirty years voting for progressive causes, including LGBT rights, John Lewis exemplified commitment to change both from outside and within.

            “As an LGBT advocate, John Lewis was not only a champion of marriage equality but he introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service. He has stood with our communities against the recent attacks from the Trump administration that we are fighting in court, including the ban on transgender servicemembers and the anti-transgender health care rule. . . “ Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. More at www.lambdalegal.org (Seattle Gay News at http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews48_30/page8.cfm}

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