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Some here will know of her as one of the founders of the Human Rights Campaign. Others may know of her from her work with Annie's List. She was also one of the founders of National Women's Political Caucus. Bettie was involved in a lot more organizations. As The Advocate points out,

Naylor was a staunch LGBT and women's rights activist, with ties to several organizations like Equality Texas, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and AIDS Services of Austin. She was also a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and has been an influential figure in Texas's progressive politics for decades.
Bettie Naylor is survived by her widow, Libby Sikora, three children and two grandchildren. I offer my deepest condolences to her family.

The Austin Statesman mentions Bettie was a long time friend of Governor Ann Richards. I feel sure there are many here who know more about Ms. Naylor than I do, and perhaps there are some here who actually knew her personally. I never had that privilege, but I felt it was important to inform our community about her passing, and to give any kossaks who knew her or knew of her an opportunity to express themselves in comments about her remarkable life of contributions to the human community.

12:09 AM PT: UPDATE: From the comments, thanks to Just Bob, statements from Equality Texas, Annie's List, Human Rights Campaign and former Representative Glen Maxey have been posted in the Burnt Orange Report.

Originally posted to davidincleveland on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 09:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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