Friends of a trans man who passed away have raised enough money to pay for his funeral after his parents, who had disowned him, refused to claim the body.
San Francisco student Daine Grey passed away on 2 July aged 22. According to a GoFundMe page set up following his death, his parents decided not to organise or fund a funeral.
As of of July 16th his parents, who have disowned him, have been notified have yet to claim the body. [sic]
Tomorrow is day 10 of parents not responding to SF Coroner and as a community we can claim the body.
We need help in providing Final Dignity Rites for Daine. As you know funeral expenses are expensive especially when someone had nothing. Please help share the love and give Daine his Dignity.
Grey’s college has said that counselling services are available through its student health centre if students are affected by these tragic events.
Thankfully, the campaign, organised by local LGBT+ activists, has already beaten its target of $17,000 after receiving the backing of TV chef and 'gay icon' Nigella Lawson.
Grey came out as trans via Facebook in September 2017, posting:
Hello guys, guess this is my big ‘public’ Coming Out moment: if we talk in person at all you probably already know, tbh. So… I’m transgender (hence the name/gender change- which is already legal btw).
This means I identify as a gender different from the sex I was assigned at birth, for those who don’t know. I’m also gay so, that’s a thing.
I’ve been taking hormones for around eight months now, so I’ve already changed a lot, for those I haven’t seen in a long time.
Hope this doesn’t lose me too many friends and family