Sept 12: An Icon Of The Gay Rights Movement
Edith Windsor, computer technician and activist.
Undisclosed, but she had struggled with heart issues for years.
In 1962, Edith Windsor met Thea Spyder while out dancing in New York. Intrigued by how close her name was to "The Spider," they struck up a relationship that lasted until 2009, when Spyder died. Since gay marriage was illegal at the time, Edith had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes, which she would have been exempt from if they'd been legally married.
The insane amount of money she owed was a harsh reminder that, and this may shock you, the government doesn't treat gay people the same as straight people. Since she was still grieving and mad as hell, Windsor sued and became the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court case which ultimately struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996. Her work eventually led to gay marriage becoming legal at the federal level, and Windsor herself legally married Judith Kasen in 2016.