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