Down in the Lone Star State, the Dallas and Texas trans community is a bundle of emotions this week after the shocking murder of Muhlaysia Booker.
This story has gone international in large part because of the viral April 12 transphobic mob attack video she was in and subsequently being killed a month later.
We are slowly getting to the May 27-28 days that the wake and funeral for Ms Booker will be held in Dallas. The wake will be on May 27 from 6-7 PM CDT at the Golden Gate Funeral Home. The address is 4155 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy, in Dallas.
The funeral starts at 11 AM CDT on May 28, and has been moved to the Cathedral of Hope at 5910 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas.
One of the questions I have been asking in the wake of this murder is where are our Black community politicians? Trans people are also their constituents, a fact they sometimes remember at election time.
US Rep Marc Veasey, whose 33rd Congressional District covers parts of Dallas and Ft Worth, took to floor of the US house to make a one minute floor speech. The subject of that speech was Muhlaysia Booker.
Why is this a big deal? Floor speeches by members of Congress get entered into the Congressional Record, which is a journal of the speeches, floor debates and activities of both the US House and US Senate for that particular day.
So as long as there is a US, the name of Muhlaysia Booker will live on in the pages of the Congressional Record.