Casey HokeAge 21
8 Aug 2018
Pomona, California (USA)
Casey was an artist, activist and national public speaker. He died at home on Wednesday 8th August.
His brother told the Los Angeles Blade that "Casey lost his battle with mental illness."
Hoke, 21, was well known in the national Trans community, particularly among the younger generation for his dedication to the LGBTQ community, especially in his art and in art history. He was also a Point Foundation scholar and worked closely on Trans rights with GLSEN.
Hoke came out as a transgender male in high school and worked as an organizer and peer educator at his high schoolâ€™s Gay/ Straight/ Transgender Alliance.
In 2014, Hoke served as a student ambassador (2014-16) for GLSEN presenting on LGBTQ+ art history and identity in a workshop titled Art, Identity, & YOU. More recently Hoke served as a board member of GLSEN, in addition to his ongoing contributions to that organizationâ€™s advocacy work.
Hoke, who contributed to the Huffington Post and MTV News, had given TEDx Talks, and was also working on QueerArtHistory.com, an educational resource for all to learn about the visual storytelling of LGBTQ+ identity through time. He was matriculating as a 3rd-year student and Point Foundation scholar at California State Polytechnic University of Pomona for graphic design communications.