LGBTQ health and transgender Activist Andrew Cray dead at 28
Renown LGBTQ health care and transgender activist Andrew Cray has reportedly died of cancer – a stream of support has poured out once news of this loss reached the public.
From his wife, Sarah McBride:
It’s with an incredible amount of sadness that I’m posting this. Our Andy passed away today at 3:30 PM surrounded by his loved ones. The outpouring of love for Andy – in person, over social media, and through texts and calls – is a huge reminder of the awesome impact that he had on so many lives. He had a warm heart up until the end, always putting the feelings and needs of others ahead of his own. He contributed more in his 28 years than most would ever dream of in 60 or 80. He loved and was loved. He befriended and mentored without regard for status or interest in gain. He gave others courage through the bravery he demonstrated; not just throughout his struggle with cancer over the last year, but also through the authenticity with which he lived his own life every day. Through his work, he helped open up health care to hundreds of thousands of LGBT Americans and spearheaded the national effort to ensure that transgender people can access the care they desperately need, but are too often denied.
Few, if any, have ever taught me as much as Andy did. He taught me about life, perseverance, compassion, optimism, fidelity, and passion. He was one of the most impressive people I’ve ever met, yet one of the humblest. Even in his final weeks, he cried not about his luck or plight, but about the things he would no longer be able to do for others. That was Andy.
From all your loved ones, thank you, Andy, for the blessings you gave so many.
From the Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson:
The life of Andrew Cray — and his work on LGBT health issues — was cut short upon his untimely death last week at age 28, but those close to him say his message of encouraging LGBT people to enroll for health insurance lives on.
Among his accomplishments was co-launching Out2Enroll, a project aimed at encouraging LGBT people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Cray also worked as a transgender activist to ensure states would require health insurance companies to cover transition-related care.
As so many have expressed, Andy had a tremendous impact on the LGBT movement, even though he was only 28 when he left us this Thursday. He was a quiet force behind many transgender health care wins, but he was also genuinely humble about his impact on the lives of so many people. I first met Andy in 2009 when I got to witness first hand his rise from a wide-eyed and somewhat shy law student hopeful about changing the world into a fierce advocate for transgender health. I am not sure when exactly our relationship changed, but it did; at first he peppered me with questions given my years of trans advocacy—and then there was a shift: suddenly, I would turn to him because of his greater expertise in transgender health advocacy. As activists around the country said they wanted to take on discriminatory healthcare exclusions and get my thoughts, we all sent them straight to Andy. I can’t tell you how proud I felt of him, even though it seems kind of odd to say that of someone who quickly rose from intern to colleague, to close friend.
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