Activist’s passing leaves ’empty places’ in Wellfleet
|By Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
She was known both in
Gray served as a state representative in
She served on the
She was an original sponsor of gay rights legislation filed after the 1978 assassination of the openly gay
"She was bold and caring and outspoken and determined, and really, she was a person before her time," Rep.
In the mid-1990s, Khan would go with Gray to visit the women's state prison in
"She would just walk right up to the prisoners and shake their hand and ask them how they were doing, and if they were getting their needs met," Khan said.
The idea of allowing the women to keep their babies with them was very important to Gray, and an issue that today still needs to be fully addressed, Khan said.
"She said to me, 'Sarah, never be afraid to be a fighter. That's what people want in their representatives,' and she's spot on about that," Peake said Tuesday.
Gray was an adviser to Peake during her campaigns, and at times Gray sought out Peake for advice. "(She said) follow your passion and develop your issues, and work hard on those," Peake said.
"I think her passing just leaves empty places in so many parts of this community," Morrissey said.
Wood recalled Gray's ability to show both fierceness and equanimity in the midst of heated debates.
"As many times as I clicked with her, she and I would be on opposite sides of an issue," he said. "Sometimes she would just stare at me and cross her arms and say, 'I don't like you.' But it was in a kind of a friendly way. She never lost that glitter in her eye, that special fondness for fun. She was always up for a party. She was always up for a meeting."
A celebration of her life is planned later this spring.
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