Sad news out of Tulsa with last night’s passing of Carolyn Wagner, former Vice-President of PFLAG National, and co-founder and vice-president of FUAH (Families United Against Hate). FUAH co-founder Gabi Clayton writes of Carolyn’s inspiring work.
Carolyn’s experience at age 12 with her father’s Klan activities motivated her early on to live a life in support and defense of others. Carolyn most recently discussed this childhood incident on MSNBC’s Obama’s America: 2010 and Beyond with Chris Matthews (Carolyn’s appearance at 14:00 in the video).
Carolyn is most well known for championing her son William’s Title IX rights after a violent anti-gay attack at his school left him with lasting injuries. Carolyn’s successful complaint to the Office for Civil Rights against the Fayetteville Arkansas School District was followed by a major win at the federal level, when the Supreme Court voted to uphold Title IX rights for students, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Carolyn’s work with PFLAG included drafting and managing passage of PFLAG’s Trans-Inclusive Legislative Policy. Her tireless work on anti-bullying and anti-harassment campaigns in schools was a major inspiration for the PFLAG/GLSEN Claim Your Rights campaign.
PFLAG National President David Horowitz acknowledged Carolyn’s work, “Carolyn was a parent, activist, civil rights champion and PFLAG pioneer. Her legacy of social activism fueled by personal passion will continue to inspire all of us at PFLAG to work for justice and equality for all of our loved ones.”
A memorial service for Carolyn Wagner will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 22nd at the Equality Center in Tulsa, OK
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: (918) 743 4297