An Idaho transgender woman who died of a brain aneurysm in October, was presented at an open casket and buried as a man by her family.
Transgender Woman’s Family Buries Her As A Man
Via NY Daily News reports:
Gone was Gable’s long, wavy brown hair and smokey eye shadow shown in several Facebook photos.
In her place, friends found Geoffrey Charles Gable wearing a striped suit at Magic Valley Funeral Home, her hair cut short, according to photos obtained by the Daily News, and an obituary that skipped a decade of her life transitioning to Jennifer.
“They tried to make her look like a boy,” Stacy Hudson told the Daily News.
Her friends, appalled by the funeral’s display, are standing up for Jennifer’s life – not Geoffrey’s.
The obituary and tributes at the small Oct. 20 service detailed Geoffrey’s love for baseball, jazz, singing with a “nice tenor voice,” but it also mentioned a failed marriage to a woman.
“She would not have wanted to relive the horrible life of Geoffrey,” her friend for the past two years, Brandan Klosterman, told the Daily News. “She wouldn’t want to be buried that way.”
She had changed her legal name to Jennifer, but even her death certificate listed Gable as a man, according to the Miami Herald.
Gable learned of a brain aneurysm in early October, according to her Facebook page, and it later led to her collapse and death while working at a Wells Fargo bank.
Dozens of condolences shared to Gable’s memorial page all address Jennifer, the woman described as “kind and outgoing,” but who also struggled to fit in as an outcast to the family she dearly missed.
“What her parents have done is just a horrible thing,” Klosterman added. “There was a lot of bigotry from her family and I don’t even think they talked to her anymore.”
Gable’s grandparents, who raised Gable and her brother, refused to comment on her funeral — calling it a “family situation” — when the Daily News called Saturday.
A call to the Magic Valley Funeral Home by the Daily News was not immediately returned either.
At one point, Gable contacted Meghan Stabler, of the LGBT-focused Human Rights Campaign’s Board of Directors, when she began her difficult transition to a woman
Do you think her family should have buried her as a man??