Dr Laura MasiAge 40
27 Jun 2018
San Diego, California (USA)
Laura was a doctor specialising in psychiatry and neurology.
She died by suicide. In death her identity was erased by family and she was buried "as a man".
This is what happens when you don’t have support from your family. Her legal name was Laura and that’s how I will remember her. And people wonder why trans people have such a high rate of suicide.......
At least we had a ritual for her last night and celebrated her true self. I’m so sorry that they have done this to you Laura.
I just posted this as a remembrance on the obituary page of the funeral home. Since it has to be approved by the funeral director I'm sure it will never see the light of day.....
"I never knew "Larry" but I was a friend of Dr. Laura Masi which was her legal name at the time of her death. Laura was a warm, caring, funny, vivacious and spiritual woman. It is a shame that you never got to know the remarkable woman she had become. We held a ceremony for Laura last night honoring her in a way that respected her, her life and her wishes. It is the refusal of people to recognize a trans persons basic human dignity that leads to tragedies such as this unnecessary death. She will be remembered by those of us who knew the real her as a beautiful woman, a shining feminine spirit and a cautionary tale of what happens to a transgender individual who is not accepted by their loved ones."