Donna Red Wing, 'a force to be reckoned with' in fight for LGBTQ rights, dies after battle with cancer

Mon, 2018-04-16

Donna Red Wing, a civil rights activist who campaigned for LGBTQ equality, died Monday afternoon at her home in Des Moines after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 67.

Red Wing, who was once called as "the most dangerous woman in America" by the Christian Coalition, spent more than three decades advocating for civil rights. She was described in an obituary as a well-known national leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

She served as executive director of One Iowa from 2012 to 2016, expanding the organization’s work into new arenas after the battle for marriage equality ended, the group said in a statement.

“Donna was a force to be reckoned with and will be greatly missed by individuals across the country," said Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, the organization's executive director. “Donna inspired so many, including myself."