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I've been genuinely surprised at the national outpouring of grief over the death of Betty White, who passed on the last day of 2021, just weeks before her 100th birthday. Somewhere along the way she became the whole country's decent but saucy grandma.
I knew the queer community would grieve her loss, in part because she supported us. "I don't care who anybody sleeps with," White told Parade magazine in 2010. "If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it's fine if they want to get married. I don't know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don't worry about other people so much."
I have it on good authority that God has placed her in charge of a new advocacy group, Mensches for the Protection of Animals and the Reverence of Cheesecake.