A group of her Portland friends are hosting Donna Red Wing: A Remembrance and Celebration, Wednesday June 27th 2018 at 7pm at The Sanctuary Theater on 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments served.
Donna Red Wing, a civil rights activist who campaigned for LGBTQ equality, died Monday April 16th at her home in Des Moines after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 67.
Donna Red Wing served as national field director at both GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign, and policy director at the Gill Foundation. She was cochair of the Obama for America 2008 LGBT Leadership Council and Howard Dean’s outreach liaison to the LGBT community when he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. It was during the Dean campaign that the Christian Coalition called her “the most dangerous woman in America,” a description she reportedly wore with pride.
In the early 1990s she headed up Oregon’s Lesbian Community Project, where she led efforts to defeat the states’ Measure 9, a ballot initiative that would have amended the Oregon constitution to ban gay-inclusive civil rights laws. Among other things, the measure stated that schools “shall assist in setting a standard for Oregon's youth that recognizes homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism and masochism as abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse and that these behaviors are to be discouraged and avoided.” It was soundly defeated, and The Advocate named Red Wing its Woman of the Year for 1992.
Please RSVP via The Rupe Group on Facebook. Thank you, Ms. Redwing for your tireless work on behalf of our community. Rest in Power.