The American LGBTQ+ Museum mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Urvashi Vaid—our friend, colleague, and founding board member.

“Urvashi had a vision for what our world and our lives should be - free, proud and full of joy and love. She wasn’t afraid to demand the change that is required and she has inspired generations of rising activists to lead with generosity and integrity.“ - Richard Burns, Board Chair

Urvashi Vaid 1958 - 2022

The American LGBTQ+ Museum mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Urvashi Vaid—our friend, colleague, and founding board member. Urvashi died on May 14, 2022 surrounded by family and friends.

Throughout her life, Urvashi championed issues related to equity and social justice and was an inspirational, creative, and steadfast role model and leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. She brought her passion to her work as an author and in a variety of leadership roles in philanthropic, advocacy, community, and academic organizations.

In 2014 Urvashi told the Huffington Post that she hoped to see the LGBTQ+ liberation movement “take care of the parts of our community that are less powerful… low-income LGBT people, transgender people, and our community’s women, whose rights are getting the crap kicked out of them.” She urged the movement “to use its political power and access to create a more just society for all.”

Richard Burns, chair of the Museum’s board, recalled his lifelong close friend and colleague, “Urvashi had a vision for what our world and our lives should be – free, proud and full of joy and love. She wasn’t afraid to demand the change that is required and she has inspired generations of rising activists to lead with generosity and integrity.“

We are deeply saddened by Urvashi’s untimely death. Our hearts go out to her friends and family—and especially her partner, Kate Clinton.

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Link below: New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan and gay rights activist Urvashi Vaid discuss the upcoming “March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation” on the Charlie Rose Show, April 23, 1994.