Trans­gen­der ac­tivist Ch­eryl Court­ney-Evans dies

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Pi­o­neer­ing At­lanta trans­gen­der ac­tivist Ch­eryl Court­ney-Evans died on Oct. 2 af­ter bat­tling can­cer and other health is­sues.

News of Court­ney-Evans’ death led to an out­pour­ing of on­line trib­utes across the coun­try, and her passing comes on the heels of the deaths of two other Ge­or­gia LGBT lu­mi­nar­ies—At­lanta drag icon Di­a­mond Lil in Au­gust and Sa­van­nah drag leg­end Lady Ch­ablis last month.

Court­ney-Evans was the co-founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Trans­gen­der In­di­vid­u­als Liv­ing Their Truth (TILTT) and of­ten shared her thoughts on trans is­sues on her blog, A Bitch For Jus­tice. Court­ney-Evans was also re­cently named one of the 12 grand mar­shals for the Oct. 9 At­lanta Pride pa­rade. She was hon­ored both at the Oct. 8 Trans March and at the Pride pa­rade the fol­low­ing day.

If there was a trans is­sue in At­lanta, Court­ney-Evans was usu­ally at the cen­ter of it, whether it be a now former Ge­or­gia ACLU leader’s stance on bath­rooms and gen­der iden­tity, trans voter dis­en­fran­chise­ment, trans in­clu­sion at At­lanta Pride and At­lanta Black Gay Pride, at­tacks on trans and gen­der non­con­form­ing peo­ple on MARTA and in Lit­tle Five Points, vi­o­lence against trans women of color, pas­sage of the fed­eral Em­ploy­ment Non-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act, and the CDC’s han­dling of ris­ing HIV rates among gay men and trans women.

Court­ney-Evans’ fi­nal Facebook post was a shared photo of African-Amer­i­can abo­li­tion­ist Fred­er­ick Dou­glass with his quote, “A slave is some­one who sits down and waits for some­one to free them.”

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