Statement on the passing of Rick Stafford

It is with heavy hearts that we let Stonewall DFL members know that Rick Stafford died on the evening of Sept 2, 2017. Rick was a pioneer and constant behind-the-scenes force in LGBTQ politics in Minnesota for decades and a national voice for LGBTQ equality on the Democratic National Committee.  He was also the 2006 recipient of our Allan Spear Award.

To many of us in the DFL, he served as mentor, elder-statesman and friend with selfless devotion to party building and advocacy of inclusion, acceptance and engagement of our community at every turn.

We pledge to carry on in his memory by continuing his work – fighting for the equality of all LGBTQ Minnesotans.

Rick, we miss you already. Rest In Peace.