In late May, hundreds of mourners packed a church in the heart of the Dallas LGBTQ community to remember the life of Muhlaysia Booker. The transgender 22 year old was shot and killed in May, her body found on a street in Far East Dallas.
Her death came just a month after she was brutally beaten in an incident that was captured on cellphone video that went viral on social media.
Those who knew Booker said she was unapologetic about being transgender — about being herself.
Jazmine Bandz, a black trans woman who was close to Booker, had a message for those who gathered.
“I just ask our community, whether it’s the black community, the human community, the aliens, and whoever else is here,” she said as the crowd laughed. “If you see somebody trans, do not make it hard for them because we already live a life full of pain.”