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We mourn the death and celebrate the life of Carolyn Wagner

Families United Aganst Hate's Co-Founder

August 15, 1953 to January 18, 2011

 



We mourn the death and celebrate the life of Carolyn Wagner
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On January 18, 2011 our friend and inspiration Carolyn Wagner passed away in Tulsa, OK after a long struggle with cancer, hepatitis and liver failure.

Carolyn was the mother of William Wagner, a hate crime victim. In December 1996 her 16 year old son William was assaulted in a vicious anti-gay bashing at school. Carolyn and her family won a Title IX lawsuit in which the Supreme Court upheld Title lX rights for students, regardless of gender of victim or harasser or sexual orientation/gender identity.

It was because of this experiece that she co-founded FUAH, because she wanted what she learned to help others.


CAROLYN WAGNER, LGBT ADVOCATE AND CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER, DIES AFTER DECADES OF ACTIVISM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO FAMILIES UNITED AGAINST HATE (FUAH) AND FRIENDS OF CAROLYN WAGNER:

“On January 18, 2011 the world lost a civil rights pioneer and strong voice for equality. Carolyn Wagner fought every day to create a world where equality would become a reality for all, no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, race or life circumstances. Her path in life was difficult but she never wavered in her dedication and love for the many communities she advocated so powerfully for until she took her last breath. Nothing could ever stop her from fighting for her family, her friends and her community. Plenty of people tried to stop her, but never with any success. Carolyn’s heart, mind and arms were always open and we will miss her powerful embrace, we know her legacy will never die as long as we carry the spirit of her love within us, and take action with as much courage, humor, and wisdom as she did. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and children and the hundreds and thousands of people whose lives she touched. She will always be with us.”

Bill Wagner said: “Carolyn will be remembered as an activist and civil rights hero to many, but for me she was simply the love of my life, my best friend and an amazing mother to our children. I will miss her beautiful smile, her raucous and infectious laugh and most of all her loving heart. “

The memorial will be on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2pm at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center – 621 E 4th Street; Tulsa, OK.

For more information, see http://www.fuah.org/CarolynWagner/

Contacts:
Cathy Renna, Renna Communications, phone 917-757-6123, cathy@rennacommunications.com
Gabi Clayton, Families United Against Hate, 360.888.5291, gabiclayton@fuah.org 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PHOTO OF CAROLYN OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT CATHY OR GABI ABOVE


Carolyn is a former Vice-President elect of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Carolyn is survived by her husband Bill, her son William, her daughter and her two granddaughters (names removed at her daughter's request), and siblings and other relatives.

Toby Jenkins & Tony Carney
lowering the flag at Equality Center
to half mast in honor of Carolyn Wagner
The Dennis R. Neill
Equality Center
in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Her funeral will be on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2pm at The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center 621 E 4th Street; Tulsa, OK.



Carolyn and her husband Bill have requested that in her memory and instead of flowers, donations be made to Families United Against Hate or to PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).



Donations to Families United Against Hate can be sent though PayPal here:

Or checks payable to "Families United Against Hate" can be sent to:

FUAH
c/o Jason Hungerford
101 E. State St. # 299
Ithaca, NY 14850

Note: FUAH is registed in Washington State as a non-profit organization, but does not have United States 501(c)(3) status so your donation will not be tax deductible.


And to make a donation to PFLAG

see this page on their website.

Thank you!

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