An Idaho family was roundly criticized for erasing their trans daughter’s identity in her obituary and at her funeral following her sudden death last month, the Miami Herald reported.
Friends of Jennifer Gable said her family dressed her in a man’s suit with a short haircut for her casket viewing at a Twin Falls funeral home. Gable, who died from an aneurysm at the age of 32, had legally changed her name to Jennifer in 2007 and identified herself as a woman.
The obituary posted at the funeral home’s website also lists her as “Geoffrey” and continues referring to Gable by a male pronoun. The funeral home’s director, Mike Parke, said Gable’s death certificate listed her as a man.
“I am disgusted,” one of her friends, Stacy Dee Hudson, said. “A great and dear friend’s mom went to the funeral today. It was not closed casket. They cut her hair, suit on. How can they bury her as geoff when she legally changed her name. So very sad. Jen you will be missed and people who know you know that you are at peace.”
Meghan Stabler, a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s national business council, told the Herald that the family’s choices obscured the work Gable did to be recognized under the law in her chosen identity.
“Her father erased her identity either though ignorance or arrogance,” Stabler said. “But who knows what the parent was going through?”
The Daily Mail reported that friends also criticized Gable’s family in an online guest book.
“She was mutilated and disrespected by her family, and even her obituary is a desperate attempt to make her seem as masculine as possible,” one friend, Lisa Becker, wrote. “To her family — shame on you.”
Stabler said the actions of Gable’s family highlight the importance of keeping a will with provisions built in place to prevent this kind of erasure.
“No mention of the woman she knew she was and had lived as for several years,” she told the Herald. “Just erosion of her identity and an old photograph of how the father perceived her to be.”
Watch a video on Gable’s funeral, as posted online by the Huffington Post, below.
Fox News contributor: Criminal justice reform not needed because ‘it’s the least racist system in the country’
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy insisted on Monday that the U.S. criminal justice system is the "least racist system we have in the country."
McCarthy made the remarks during a Fox News segment about justice reform proposals from Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders to curb incarceration rates and root out institutional racism.
"It's a funny thing, I worked in the justice system for a long time," McCarthy said. "I think it's the least racist system that we have in the country, if that's possible."
Analyst tells CNBC: Recession will hit US several months before 2020 election
An analyst told CNBC on Monday that a recession is likely to hit the U.S. just months before the 2020 election.
"The inversion of the yield curve is a great signal that a recession is coming," Guy Lebas of Janney Capital Management explained. "Recessions by their nature are impossible to predict with any confidence but we have a few clues."
Lebas pointed to corporate capital expenditure plans as a sign of economic stress.
"They are hinting somewhere in the early to mid portion of 2020," he said of a possible recession.
Watch the video below from CNBC.
Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes
Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.
The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.
A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.