In part two of MEUSA’s three-part interview with Edie Windsor, Edie recounts the struggles of gay life before Stonewall and her persistence pursuing her eventual wife, Thea Spyer.
Part one, for those who missed it or who wish to view it again, follows:
At the age of 81, Edie Windsor did something that would give pause to most of us who are decades younger — she took on the federal government over its refusal, for estate tax purposes, to recognize her marriage to (and 40+ year relationship with) Thea Spyer. Against the wishes and advice of most of the major LGBTQ organizations, but with the encouragement of MEUSA and a few of its members, she charged straight ahead. "They don’t know what they’re talking about,” Windsor recalls thinking of the chorus of voices concerned about the preparedness of the US Supreme Court to strike down the discriminatory statute known by the misnomer the “Defense of Marriage Act.” "There is no wrong time for justice. if you’re gonna go for it, go for it,” says Windsor. To hear more of her story, watch her interview with former MEUSA president Cathy Marino-Thomas. What follows is the first part of a multi-part interview.
Long known as the lead disseminator of grass-roots marriage equality stories, MEUSA has established online multimedia galleries and photo archives to showcase the work of the organization and our volunteers across the country in a new and exciting way. Explore our new YouTube and Flickr channels today!
“This is great way to share our stories and events with friends and supporters. We’ll be showcasing photos and videos from our events throughout the year and hosting historical content as we find it, providing MEUSA members and supporters with a chronological journey through MEUSA’s years of contributions to the American marriage equality movement,” says Paul Carey, MEUSA Multimedia Lead.
MEUSA photos can be accessed at Flickr, where a feature of the site also allows users to search within marriageequalityusa's photostream for people, places or events, in order to find specific photos in the MEUSA gallery. Flickr members can sign-in and select "Follow” to subscribe to the MEUSA photostream and be notified of new content as it becomes available.
Just one of the nearly 3,000 images from MEUSA's Flickr stream
The MEUSA YouTube Channel will feature MEUSA videos as well as playlists for other videos on the topic of marriage equality. Members of Google+/YouTube who sign in and select "Subscribe" to the MEUSA channel will be notified of new videos as they become available. A feature on YouTube will also allow MEUSA to curate additional content from other YouTube channels.
2013 MEUSA Gala Closing Video, embedded directly from MEUSA's YouTube Channel
Comments and input are welcome on this new project. To offer suggestions or for more information, please contact Paul Carey.