[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING THE LIFE OF BILLY MANES
HON. STEPHANIE N. MURPHY
in the house of representatives
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Mrs. MURPHY of Florida. Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart that I
rise to honor the life and legacy of Billy Manes. Billy passed away
last week, far too soon, at the age of 45. He is survived by his
husband, Anthony, and an entire community that admired him. With
Billy's passing, Orlando lost an icon, and our nation lost a committed,
passionate, and fierce advocate for equality.
In Billy's short time with us, he made an indelible impact on our
city and our country. He was a prominent Orlando journalist and
commentator, and the power of his words moved and amused central
Florida. Billy broke barriers, becoming the first openly gay mayoral
candidate in Orlando's history. After the tragic loss of his partner in
2012, Billy bravely told his story to the world, putting a human face
on the pressing need for equal rights for same-sex couples.
Last year, when our Orlando family was reeling from the Pulse
nightclub shooting, Billy gave voice to our city's grief. He
relentlessly focused on the 49 beautiful lives we lost that night. Like
them, Billy will never be forgotten.
If you ever had the privilege and the pleasure of meeting Billy, you
couldn't escape his energy, his passion, and his endearing sense of
Mr. Speaker, it is critical this hallowed chamber carry on the work
that Billy so valiantly championed. Though we have so much progress to
celebrate, too many of the inequities that Billy's work spotlighted
May his memory inspire us to redouble our commitment to equality.