SF memorial set for trans leader Bianca Lucrecia
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A memorial will be held Saturday, December 14, in San Francisco for Latina transgender activist Bianca Lucrecia, who died last month in Sacramento, friends announced.
Ms. Lucrecia died of pneumonia and complications of liver cancer November 2. She was 66 and awaiting a lifesaving liver transplant that was to take place at UCSF.
As a trans woman of color, Ms. Lucrecia was involved in many transformative moments in the LGBT community's history, including fighting murder and hate crimes against trans women and fighting President Donald Trump's ban of transgender people from serving in the military.
"We can't let the Trump administration try to erase us off the face of this Earth; it's just not going to happen," Ms. Lucrecia said at a trans equality rally in 2018. "I'm here to fight for everyone's rights."
She also opposed the Trump administration's rollbacks in protections for trans people in health care and homeless shelters, and the termination of the federal Department of Education's guidance encouraging schools to support the gender identities of students.
Ms. Lucrecia was an accomplished hairstylist who coiffed many politicians and celebrities, including Sylvester, the 1970s and 1980s gay disco and R&B recording artist who passed away in 1988.
Friends said that Ms. Lucrecia knew and worked with political leaders such as Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers; Gavin Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor who's now California's governor; Stuart Milk, the gay nephew of slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk; San Francisco Mayor London Breed; Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, the Arizona city's first Latina mayor.
According to an obituary prepared by friends, Ms. Lucrecia began her activism prior to her transition when she worked in the fields picking grapes and supported UFW's grape boycott. After her transition, she fought with Harvey Milk against Anita Bryant's anti-gay initiative in Florida and the Briggs initiative in California, which would have barred gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools.
In 2013, she co-founded and organized the first LGBT Freedom Day parade in Tucson.
Saturday's celebration of Ms. Lucrecia's life will take place at noon at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street.
A tribute will also be held in Sacramento Friday, December 13, at 5 p.m. at Sol Collective, 2574 21st Street.