Death of a Friend
The big names in our community garner a lot of press when they die, for example, the recent deaths of Jan Morris and Monica Roberts. But the death of the lesser-knowns in our community fade away without a word.
The following piece written by Paula Gaikowski, is a eulogy for one of those lesser knowns – Marcia Alvey.
George Michael Dead at 53 – Rolling Stone:
“Former Wham! singer and massively successful soul and pop solo vocalist dies ‘peacefully at home'”
Transgender actress Alexis Arquette, of the Arquette acting family, is dead:
“Actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette, of the famous Arquette acting family, has died at age 47. Her brother, Richmond, posted the news on Facebook and the Arquette family shared a joint statement from siblings Richmond, Rosanna, Patricia and David.”
The Lady Chablis, transgender nightclub star, dies aged 59 | Stage | The Guardian:
“The performer found mainstream fame playing herself in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”
Gene Wilder Dead: ‘Young Frankenstein’ Star Was 83 | Variety:
“Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as ‘The Producers,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Stir Crazy,’ died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.”
He will be missed. Rest in peace.
Prince Dead at 57 | TMZ.com:
“The artist known as Prince has died … TMZ has learned. He was 57. Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.”
Holly Woodlawn, Star Who Inspired Reed’s “Wild Side,” Dies – Us Weekly:
“Holly Woodlawn, the transgender trailblazer who became Andy Warhol’s muse and who starred in Paul Morrissey’s 1970 movie Trash, has died at the age of 69.”
Death looked at me. His expression seemed more irritated than perplexed. Few people noticed him, less understood who he was, and none I would guess, offered him a welcoming smile.
You Cannot Follow
By Kira A. Moore
Which #BlackLivesMatter? The killings no one’s talking about | MSNBC:
“An awful trend of violence against transgender women of color has bled into 2015, but there’s been little mainstream media attention to their deaths. It’s left some activists to question whether the Black Lives Matter movement inspired by the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown or Eric Garner include all black lives.”