Founder and CEO of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT, Inc.) Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 64 has died.
Official details about her death has yet to be released but according to a Facebook post Courtney-Evans made last Friday it seems that she was being treated for a health condition.
Courtney-Evans, named Grand Marshall of Atlanta Pride this year, had been fighting for transgender rights since an early age.
She chronicled her life in her blog www.abitchforjustice.com and her stories have inspired many to stand up for themselves and be proud of who they are.
She described herself as ‘a great sense of humor, loving to laugh, but dead serious when involved in human rights efforts’.
Linda Ellis of the Phillip Rush Center told Atlanta Progressive News (APN): ‘We have lost, as a community, as a significant elder and a voice of wisdom. Her work with TILTT and the support she has offered through TILTT for so many years is huge and I don’t know how we’re going to fill that hole.
‘Regardless of what was going on with her, she was consistently there to help anyone else – including any young trans folks who were coming along and needed wisdom.’
Ellis also said that Courtney-Evans told her it is ‘not typically the trans experience to live that long’ when Ellis tried reaching out to trans elders for a project.
Her absence will be greatly felt in the trans community.