Equality Caucus Statement on the Passing of Urvashi Vaid

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus mourns the passing of Urvashi Vaid, an LGBTQ+ activist and leader who passed away last night. Vaid served in several roles at the National LGBTQ Task Force, including as its Executive Director from 1989-1992. Vaid also held roles at the ACLU National Prison Project, the Ford Foundation, and the Arcus Foundation, among other organizations. In 2012, she launched LPAC, the first lesbian super PAC, and she also served as President of the Vaid Group LLC.

“The LGBTQ+ rights movement has lost a giant.” said Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. “From her work addressing HIV and AIDS among incarcerated individuals to leading the National LGBTQ Task Force and founding Vaid Group, Urvashi was at the forefront of fighting for justice and equality for LGBTQ+ people and all marginalized people. Urvashi helped change the landscape for the LGBTQ+ community. Her activism and leadership empowered many LGBTQ+ people, including me, to live our lives openly and succeed as out elected officials. She will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to Kate Clinton and the rest of Urvashi’s family and friends. May her memory be a blessing.”

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