Chicago Trans Activist Joy Morris Dies

Have some sad news to report to you about one of our activist trans sisters.

Was advised by Philip Esteem and a Windy City Times article that Chicago based activist Joy Morris died December 6 after a long battle with cancer.

The homegoing service was held at the Mountain of Hope church on Saturday December 13.

Joy’s activism was focused on the transgender and HIV/AIDS communities, and she was a determined warrior that demanded inclusiocommunity.”n and recognition for both since the 1990’s.

In order to facilitate the goal of trans inclusion in the HIV/AIDS community, Morris founded TransActions along with being the organizing force for the Legends Lunch All Star Awards that have exponentially grown under her watch.

‘The community has lost an outspoken activist whose voice cannot be silenced.  Joy’s 30 year lve with HIV was the inspiration for a different kind of battle. She powerfully and tirelessly fought for recognition, inclusion and equality and her resounding cry “What about the transgenders?” was singularly recognizable in the HIV community.” stated Kenis Williams, Trisha Holloway, Sheila Cooper-Webb and Hannah Anderson in a statement..

Rest in power and peace, Joy.   You will be missed by your colleagues, the community and all who loved you.  

They will never forget your contributions toward making Chicago, the state of Illinois  and the world a better place.

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