September 15, 2017 at 9:06 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Edith Windsor’s funeral

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at Edith Windsor’s funeral. (Screenshot courtesy Emanu-El)

Joining the LGBT community in mourning the loss of Edith Windsor, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance during her memorial service Friday to honor the LGBT pioneer as someone who “helped change hearts and minds, including mine.”

During the ceremony at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Clinton spoke at length about Windsor’s impact on America and her advancement of LGBT equality.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, opened her speech with a question: “Doesn’t it just feel great being here to honor and remember someone who had such a positive, lasting influence on our country and the world?”

Recalling Windsor’s victory in 2013 at the U.S. Supreme Court against the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, Clinton said upon Windsor’s victory “much of America cheered with her.”

“It is fitting that she will be immortalized in history books in that landmark decision synonymous with equal rights and dignity under the law,” Clinton said. “But she didn’t stop there. She continued to support the needs and the rights of the LGBT community. She helped change hearts and minds, including mine. And we are forever grateful to her for that.”

Clinton’s deep respect for Windsor is well-known. In an interview with the Washington Blade during the 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton identified Windsor as an LGBT person she sees as a role model.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • lnm3921

    Meanwhile, the Fake POTUS ignores her like gays in Chechnya or Pride month showing yet again how callous he is. I’m sure Obama would have recognized her as POTUS! Yet another slight against the GLBT community!

    If it was one of the religious enemies of the community, he’d be saying what a fine American he or she was!

    • Count Dracula

      God you’re one vile, hate filled piece of debris.

      • lnm3921

        God has nothing to do with you! You’re rotten to the max and evil to the core!

        Hate filled? I’ve seen your homophobic, transphobic, racist and sexist comments so look at your vile toxic self you right wing puke before you judge anyone else! You’re obviously blind as a bat to boot!

        You sanctimonious windbag!

  • EastCoastJ

    She’s promoting her book.

    • ECarpenter

      It must be terrible seeing the world through that cynical attitude. Nothing is done for good reasons, everything is done for self-serving and selfish reasons. Do you live your life like that? Are you claiming everyone else is a self-centered jerk to justify your own actions?

      • EastCoastJ

        No, some things are done for good reasons. Not from any Clintons though.

      • EastCoastJ

        BTW : It must be truly terrible to be one of the Fat Joe Jervis echo chamber clique of losers. I guess they hate EVERYBODY in order to make up for their own vapid lives by feeling a hate-bond with each other.

      • EastCoastJ

        And then Fatty Joe can’t accept that she’s exactly where she should be : wearing a pantsuit while promoting her book on womens’ daytime shows like The View, etc., and arguing why Islam should be allowed to sweep the U.S., while, thank goodness, a serious leader is in the White House.

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    Edith Windsor, Rest in Peace.

  • Count Dracula

    I guess she figures her is coming soon (please God), may as well stop by and check it out.

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