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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
STATEMENT CAN BE
ATTRIBUTED TO FAMILIES UNITED
AGAINST HATE (FUAH)
AND FRIENDS OF CAROLYN
“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
The memorial will be on Saturday, January
22, 2011 at 2pm at the
Neill Equality Center – 621 E 4th Street; Tulsa, OK.
For more information, see
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CONTACT CATHY OR GABI
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
the flag at Equality Center
to half mast in honor of Carolyn Wagner
Her funeral will be on Saturday, January
22, 2011 at 2pm at
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
Donations to Families United Against Hate can be sent though
checks payable to
United Against Hate" can be sent to:
c/o Jason Hungerford
101 E. State St. # 299
Ithaca, NY 14850
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
this page on their website.