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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 Edie Windsor CUP

Edie Windsor, who died Tuesday at the ripe old age of 88, was in many ways the face of the LGBT movement. But more than that, she was a reflection of the movement itself, embodying its aspirations, and more than a few of its contradictions. Windsor has gone down in history as the named plaintiff in the 2013 case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, Windsor v. U.S. That Supreme Court decision, in refusing to accept a heterosexually limited definition of marriage, paved the way for Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the court said that marriage equality is mandated by the constitution.



Two decades after her death, Princess Diana’s charisma endures. So does the tragic story of the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Diana was just 36 when she died after the car she was riding in crashed in a Paris tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997. But before her death — and after splitting with Prince Charles — she was still turning heads and attracting headlines. So it comes as no surprise that on the 20th anniversary, everyone is finding a way to remember her.

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Architect Zaha Hadid captured the world's attention and shattered glass ceilings (in addition to designing some) by becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She was also the first woman awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects. ​Initially dubbed the “paper architect”, Dame Zaha Hadid’s plans were once perceived to be unbuildable. She died in London at the age of 65 of a heart attack in March of 2016.

Heather Heyer HeroineHeather Heyer was killed Saturday as she pushed back against hatred. She left behind a dog — and an approach to the world that those who love her say needs nurturing now that she’s gone. The chocolate chihuahua’s name is Violet, “because purple is Heather’s favorite color,” her mother, Susan Bro, said Sunday. She paused. “It was . . . was her favorite color,” she said through the tears.

MCR vigil

A sign with flowers and candles was placed on the ground after a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, England, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and 59 people wounded on Monday night, May 22, 2017.  Thousands of people in Manchester, England, defied a terror warning, and poured into the streets for a vigil honoring the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.