Friends of a transgender man who was disowned by his parents have crowdfunded more than $20,000 to make sure he receives the “final dignity” of a proper burial.
Daine Grey, a student at City College of San Francisco, died by suicide on July 2, and for more than a week the 22-year-old’s body went unclaimed, even by family.
A close friend of Grey’s at the college, Lady Katerina, started a GoFundMe campaign which has raised over $24,000 in four days.
Katerina told NBC News she started the campaign after contacting the medical examiner’s office earlier this week to ask if Grey’s parents had claimed his body.
“They said, ‘No.’ It’s been nine days since they started contacting [his parents],” Katerina said.
“And what I was originally told by them is that his parents wanted nothing to do with the body, wanted nothing to do with the funeral, wanted nothing to do with anything.”
Katerina said that had now changed, and she had spoken with Grey’s mother by text, and she plans on being a part of the funeral along with her side of the family.
Grey came out as trans in a Facebook post last year.
“Hello guys, guess this is my big ‘public’ coming out moment,” he wrote.
“If we talk in person at all you probably already know, tbh. So… I’m transgender.
“This means I identify as a gender different from the sex I was assigned at birth, for those who don’t know. I’m also gay, so that’s a thing. Hope this doesn’t lose me too many friends and family.”
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