A funeral for Muhlaysia Booker, the black transgender woman who was killed in Texas 11 days ago, was held in Dallas on Tuesday 28 May.
More than 400 gathered to pay their respects to the 23-year-old, from friends and family to various figures from the City Council including Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. According to Dallas-Fort Worth News, several members of the local LGBT+ community were also in attendance at the Cathedral of Hope.
“Today, we gather to mourn with the family,” said Stephanie Martin, a pastor at Cosmopolitan Congregation of Dallas. “But also to celebrate the life of Muhlaysia Booker, a young woman whose life was cut short by hatred, which has left yet another indelible stain on God’s tapestry of love and equality.”
“We are here together today to demonstrate what it means to be community, and to stand together, and to know that we are stronger together, and that hate will never define us,” she told the audience during the ceremony. “Love will always win over hate.”