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    In Memoriam: Mayor Edwin Mah Lee (1952–2017)

    Louise (Lou) Fischer and Eric Lukoff, Co-Chairs of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club:
    We were deeply saddened by Mayor Edwin Lee’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Anita and daughters, Brianna and Tania. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

    The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club recognizes Mayor Lee’s 40-year history of public service, his groundbreaking legacy, his unwavering support of the LGBT community, and his commitment to the city we all love. Beyond political wins and losses, community leaders and activists who are involved in this work are just people who want to make a difference. He was one of those people.

    Please join us in sending our support to the Lee Family at this time, as well as to his many friends and colleagues who worked closely with him over the years.

    Honorable Mark Leno, Former CA State Senator, Assemblymember and SF Supervisor:
    I had the pleasure of working with Mayor Lee over the years, and knew him to be a decent man who could rise above differences of opinion to always treat others with dignity and respect. Ed Lee dedicated his life to public service. May he be remembered for his humor and his commitment to the city he loved. My deepest condolences to the Lee family at this difficult time.


    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf:
    Oakland sends its condolences to Anita, her daughters, and all San Franciscans today. Mayor Ed Lee served his community with passion and humility, broke historic barriers, led with a compassionate heart, and was a valued friend and colleague. He will be missed dearly.

    Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom:
    Jennifer and I are absolutely heartbroken by the news of Mayor Lee’s passing. San Francisco has lost a selfless leader, a dedicated servant to the public, and a tireless bearer of equality’s torch. His intellect, unshakable integrity, boundless optimism and contagious love for San Francisco elevated the City to greater heights. He steered San Francisco with an unshakable hand, an indomitable spirit, and a great sense of humor. Most of all, we mourn the loss of a dear friend. Our prayers and profound condolences go out to Anita, Brianna, Tania and all of Mayor Lee’s wonderful family, as the entire State of California grieves with them.


    Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights:
    Mayor Lee was a good man and a great ally to every disenfranchised community. A sad day for San Francisco.


    Cleve Jones, LGBT Activist and Conceiver of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt:
    I disagreed with Mayor Lee on many important issues but his commitment to HIV/AIDS funding was unwavering. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.


    California State Senator Scott Wiener:
    I was sworn in to the Board of Supervisors just a few days before Ed Lee became Mayor. We worked together closely for the past 7 years. He was a decent human being who was deeply committed to our city. He made history for our Chinese community. I’m floored that he’s gone.


    San Francisco Giants:
    He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need. He was the Giants’ number one fan.

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