San Francisco trans community leader Felicia Elizondo has died
Activist, historian, artist and longtime member of San Francisco’s LGBTQ + community, Felicia Elizondo died on Saturday. She was 74 years old.
Elizondo’s friends, also known as Felicia Flames, who spoke to The Bay Area Reporter celebrated the trans woman and long-term survivor of HIV / AIDS for her vibrant spirit, unbreakable sense of self and tireless dedication to her communities.
“She always said: ‘I’m a diva, I’m a slut, I’m an icon, I’m a legend and I’m your story,'” Luis Gutierrez-Mock, who organized the San Francisco Trans March with Elizondo in the past, said at the point of sale. “She was always ready to raise funds for her friends, HIV prevention and the trans community … What I remember about Felicia are her performances and the way she gave of her time and energy. .“
Born in San Angelo, Texas, in 1946, Elizondo had lived in San Francisco since 1993, although she came to town intermittently in the early 1960s and spent a lot of time in Compton’s Cafeteria, the site of a long forgottenre uprising against police brutality in 1966. If you have time tonight I really recommend that you read and watch all the interviews you can with her like Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman’s Documentary 2005, Screaming Queens: The Compton Cafeteria Riot, and this 2018 Vice interview with Emmy-nominated producer and artist Zackary Drucker. Elizondo’s first-hand account of the past 74 years is invaluable and should not be forgotten.
“Don’t forget the people who did it. Remember all those people who died, ”Elizondo told Drucker in Vice interview. “This is why I say to the children: I am your story. You can never change that no matter what you do to me.