GLAAD Mourns Transgender Advocate and HIV/AIDS Activist Alexis Rivera

Last week, transgender advocate Alexis Rivera passed away from complications related to HIV. Rivera was 34 years old and worked as Policy Advocate at the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco since 2007. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV/AIDS. She also chaired the Transgender Service Provider Network and was an Alpha member of the League of Trans United Sisters (LOTUS).  

Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, said, “Words can barely express the grief experienced by California's trans communities this week. A proud trans Latina and natural leader, Alexis Rivera was a role model and inspiration for countless youth – and many 'elders' too. She understood that we are stronger together, and she kept organizing until the very end. Alexis' death is a reminder that the fight for equality – and against AIDS – is far from over.”

A memorial was held for Rivera this past weekend at Plummer Park in Los Angeles. A  memorial will be held at the San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, on Saturday, April 7th from 3pm to 5:30pm.

GLAAD offers deepest condolences to her friends, family, and all who loved her.

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