Her Name Was Em

$4,971 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 21 months
Jack D. Bohlka
on behalf of Natalie Jahanbani
 CLAREMONT, CA
Our  hearts are broken. We, family and friends, have lost  Em in the horrific fire in Oakland on December 2, 2016. We would like everyone to know that Em was transitioning into a beautiful, wonderful, happy woman. We  wish she had more time to complete her transition. It was so wonderful to see her becoming who she was meant to be. We will be forever grateful to Em for being part of our lives.

We would also like to express our support and love to everyone in the transgender community.  There were many from the transgender community at the event. There are far too few spaces for trans people to feel safe and free to express themselves. Although the building itself was not physically safe, the community of beautiful people felt safe with each other. We are establishing this fund   in memory of Em, so that more transgender people will be able to become who they truly are, and so that there will be more safe spaces available.

Em had planned to move to NYC in January to connect with the trans community there and to advocate for transgender rights as well as to make new friends, so we believe this is an appropriate way to honor her life and her memory.

All of the money collected will be given to agencies that are dedicated to helping trans folk with housing, advocacy,  job placement, and the basic necessities of life.
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We would again like to sincerely thank everyone who donated in memory of Em. More donations have been given since January 4th and those too will go towards the SF LGBT Center. Thank for your generosity and remembering Em.
Thank you to everyone who donated!
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We would like to thank everyone who has donated in memory of our beloved Em. With your help, we were able to donate $4,000 to the San Francisco LGBT Center. Your generosity will assist those who are in need of basic assistance, legal or medical aid or advocacy.

Em so badly wanted to help her community and though she is no longer here, you have continued her legacy.

Thank you.
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June Karale-Byrum
21 months ago

Em will always be remembered by me for her ability to "reach out to others without judgment ". . . (Something she didn't get back) I'm sorry Em I wasn't able to be there more for you in life. Granma June

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Barbara Kolberg
21 months ago

Our family suffers a gaping hole with the loss of Em. She had a sweet, infectious, giving personality. I miss her terribly, but I am a better person for having her in my life.

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Created December 8, 2016
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$110
Anonymous
19 months ago
$100
Carly DeLoach
20 months ago
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Donation from Audible Evolution's "For the Love of Oakland" Ghostship Memorial Benefit

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Anonymous
20 months ago
DB
$100
Dale and Rosemary Bohlka
20 months ago
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In memory of our dearly loved grandchild.

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Anonymous
21 months ago
$40
Anonymous
21 months ago
RB
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Regina Bailey
21 months ago

You are in my prayers.

MT
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Madeleine Tonzi
21 months ago
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I never met Em, but I am touched by what I have learned just reading about her. I am inspired by her strength to follow what she knew was true to her. This donation is made on behalf of the funds raised by the family at Faction Brewery, our community and I. Sending you love and strength from our family to yours.

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Anonymous
21 months ago
June Karale-Byrum
21 months ago

Em will always be remembered by me for her ability to "reach out to others without judgment ". . . (Something she didn't get back) I'm sorry Em I wasn't able to be there more for you in life. Granma June

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Barbara Kolberg
21 months ago

Our family suffers a gaping hole with the loss of Em. She had a sweet, infectious, giving personality. I miss her terribly, but I am a better person for having her in my life.

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