Michigan woman at center of transgender civil rights case dies at 59


The Michigan woman at the center of a high-profile transgender rights case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court has died, her family said. Aimee Stephens, 59, who had kidney disease, had been in hospice care at home in recent days. She passed away Tuesday, her brother-in-law John Pedit said. Stephens’ case was argued before the justices in October, and a ruling is expected by July. She was the first transgender person to have a civil rights complaint heard by the high court,according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented her. “Aimee is an inspiration. She has given so many hope for the future of equality for LGBTQ people in our country, and she has rewritten history,” Stephens’ wife, Donna, said in a statement. “The outpouring of love and support is our strength and inspiration now.”

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