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Stonewall Democrats on the death of Rep. Julia Carson, D. IN, longtime LGBT equality advocate
Stonewall Democrats on the death of Rep. Julia Carson, D. IN, longtime LGBT equality advocate
On Saturday, The National Stonewall Democrats released the following statement following the death of Congresswoman Julia Carson (D-IN):

"The word 'friend' is often over-used in Washington as politicians apply it to just about anyone with whom they may agree - or more often, disagree. However, Congresswoman Julia Carson was a true friend to National Stonewall Democrats. Not only was the Congresswoman an advocate for LGBT issues on Capitol Hill, Representative Carson made it a personal priority to attend numerous Stonewall Democrats events - often extending to our members warm hugs and encouraging words. We remember and honor the life and work of our friend, Congresswoman Carson, while we extend to her family, staff and constituents our thoughts and prayers." - Jon Hoadley, Executive Director.

Congresswoman Julia Carson represented Indiana's 7th Congressional District. First elected in 1996, Carson became the first African American and the first woman to represent the district. In Congress, Carson quickly established herself as a champion of issues which impacted the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Carson not only maintained a progressive legislative record on LGBT issues, she also became a vocal advocate of equality within Congress. Congresswoman Carson was especially known by LGBT Democrats for her advocacy within the Congressional Black Caucus and Democratic Party politics.

In November, Congresswoman Julia Carson announced that she was being treated for terminal lung cancer. She died Saturday morning at the age of 69. Prior to her tenure in Congress, Carson served in the Indiana House and Senate and as a trustee for Center Township (Indianapolis).

Congresswoman Julia Carson was well-known to members of the National Stonewall Democrats. She made it a personal priority to attend organizational conventions, meetings and receptions. Carson often greeted Stonewall Democrats at gatherings with hugs and was known for her humor and generosity.

National Stonewall Democrats is the only national organization of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Democrats, with more than 90 local chapters across the nation. NSD is committed to working through the Democratic Party to advance the rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information visit www.stonewalldemocrats.org

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