Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-02-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

PASSAGES Pioneering LGBTQ advocate Donna Red Wing dies, organizations respond
From press releases
2018-04-16

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


From One Iowa:

[Des Moines]—Donna Red Wing passed away on Monday, April 16 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Red Wing served as executive director of One Iowa from 2012-2016, expanding the organization's work into new arenas after the battle for marriage equality ended.

"Donna was a force to be reckoned with and will be greatly missed by individuals across the country. She called herself an activist and an agitator and prided herself in being called the most dangerous woman by the Christian Coalition at one point." One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. "Donna inspired so many including myself. I was lucky enough to get to know her when she first came to Iowa and co-founded One Iowa's LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference. I wouldn't be where I am today without Donna's support and mentorship."

Red Wing was a national leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality, dedicating over three decades of her life to advocating for the LGBTQ community. She was once called "the most dangerous woman in America" by anti-LGBTQ activists due to her charismatic and civil approach to activism, a title she wore with great pride. In addition to leading One Iowa for four years, she launched an LGBT Advisory Council while serving as a Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commissioner and briefly served as director of the Eychaner Foundation during her time in Iowa.

Prior to moving to Iowa, Red Wing served as Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership and Chief of Staff at Interfaith Alliance in Washington D.C. She was co-chair of the Obama for America 2008 LGBT Leadership Council and Howard Dean's outreach liaison to the LGBT community. Red Wing also held leadership positions at the Gill Foundation, Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. While directing the Lesbian Community Project in Oregon, she was featured in a Sundance Award-winning film about the 1992 struggle against the anti-LGBT Ballot Measure 9.

Red Wing was the first recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Faith & Freedom. The Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission recently named their annual Lifetime Achievement award after Red Wing in recognition of her decades of activism.

"Donna's passion and dedication to serving the LGBTQ community was unparalleled, and I am honored to have known and worked with her," One Iowa Board Emeritus Sharon Malheiro said. "Our community has lost a fierce advocate, and many of us have lost an incredible friend, mentor, and inspiration. My heart is with Sumitra and the rest of Donna's family."

A celebration of Red Wing's life will be held at a later date.

One Iowa is a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning ( LGBTQ ) organization working toward equality for LGBTQ individuals through grassroots efforts, education and advocacy.

Find out more at www.oneiowa.org .

From Human Rights Campaign:

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement mourning the loss of Donna Red Wing:

"The HRC family is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, Donna Red Wing. She dedicated her life's work to civil rights and her legacy will forever be woven into the fabric of the LGBTQ equality movement," said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs, JoDee Winterhof. "Many in the HRC family had the honor of working alongside Donna during her time as HRC's National Field Director and across many states and campaigns in more recent years. For more than three decades, generations of advocates bore witness to Donna's tenacity, deep commitment to equality and justice, and her many accomplishments, which inspired all those around her. Our hearts go out to Donna's family and many friends who are grieving her loss."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Before Stonewall, The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community restoration out in June 2019-02-13 - ( February 14, 2019 ) — First Run Features is proud to announce the theatrical re-release of the legendary documentary Before Stonewall: The ...


Gay News

ELECTION 2019, 47th WARD. Angie Maloney on hopes for aldermanic post 2019-02-13 - Educator Angie Maloney, who is one of several openly LGBT candidates running in the Feb. 26 citywide elections, hopes to win the 47th ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2019, 33RD WARD. Lesbian alderperson Deb Mell talks feats, LGBT issues 2019-02-13 - Deb Mell has been the 33rd Ward alderman since 2013 and previously served in the Illinois General Assembly as a representative for the ...


Gay News

THE AMAZON TRAIL How to celebrate Valentine's Day 2019-02-13 - Valentine's Day is one of those do-it-yourself celebrations. There are no parades or feasts or family gatherings. When I was single, I ...


Gay News

Patricia Nell Warren, author of first gay novel on NYT Best Seller List, dies 2019-02-12 - LOS ANGELES - Patricia Nell Warren, age 82, died on Saturday February 9th at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California after ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Writer Patricia Nell Warren dies at 82 2019-02-11 - Best-selling novelist Patricia Nell Warren has died at 82, several outlets reported. Warren's 1974 novel, The Front Runner, told the story of an ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Joseph 'Patrick' Miska 2019-02-10 - On Dec. 9, 2018, San Francisco resident Joseph "Patrick" Miska passed away unexpectedly in Chicago, The Bay Area Reporter noted. He was 64. ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Brian Patrick Donegan, Air Force veteran 2019-02-08 - Brian Patrick Donegan—a U.S. Air Force veteran and much-loved dog-walker and house sitter who was a native of Algonquin—passed away Feb. 2. He ...


Gay News

Black Lesbian Archives Chicago Tour 2019 at Gerber/Hart Feb. 23 2019-02-07 - Maekdo Productions Black Lesbian Archives Chicago Tour 2019 opening event will take place Feb. 23, 2019 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Gerber/Hart ...


Gay News

Pat McCombs talks Executive Sweet, activism, other feats 2019-02-06 - For more than four decades, life-long Chicagoan Pat McCombs has been a mover and shaker in the city's LGBTQ community as a social-justice ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.