The local transgender community is in mourning this week over the death of Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee. He was 45.
The popular trans activist and church goer died Tuesday, friends said. Details of Makalani-MaHee’s passing have yet to be confirmed by family. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3 at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The service will begin at 4 p.m.
In a 2014 profile by South Florida Gay News, Makalani-MaHee was described as having roots in the black Pentecostal church in New York.
“SF was larger than life, and his spirit touched countless individuals who may have found themselves lost or in need of hope or inspiration,” human rights activist Michael Rajner posted in a tribute to Makalani-MaHee on Facebook.
Makalani-MaHee was on staff at Pride Center and worked in the Unity Fellowship and Metropolitan Community Church movements. SFGN listed Makalani-MaHee in its 2014 Out 50 issue.