Statement from Mayor Emanuel on the passing of Vernita Gray

Wed. March 19, 2014 1:18 PM

vernita gray (left) and wife pat ewert, oct. 22, 2013

photo credit // spike king/
"Today we mourn the passing of a fearless woman who spent her life fighting for equality and civil rights. Vernita Gray was an inspiration to all who crossed her path, from President Obama who knew her by name to the victims of violence she comforted and the young people for whom she was a fierce advocate. Her legacy can be felt in the many institutions she supported and by every LGBT couple in Illinois who is now free to marry the person they love. My thoughts and prayers are with her wife Pat Ewert, her family, and the community of friends who loved her so dearly."

Vernita Gray, longtime activist, dies at 65