This week read about the missing activist Elise Malary found dead in Illinois, and a superintendent pulling over 100 LGBT books from libraries in Texas.
Missing LGBT Advocate Found Dead in Illinois
Elise Malary, 31, was a pillar in her community because of her LGBT advocacy and activism in Chicago. Her family reported her missing on March 11 after a few days of no communication with her. Almost a week later, her body was found on the shore of Lake Michigan.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy but has not yet confirmed her cause of death, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The police hadn’t previously suspected foul play.
“The loss of Elise Malary is heartbreaking,” Gov. J. B. Pritzker said in a statement on Twitter. “My heart goes out to all her loved ones, as well as all of Illinois’ transgender community.”
Malary was involved with the Chicago Therapy Collective, an organization focused on the mental health of the trans community.
“She’d speak out on behalf of any issue that impacted women of color, LGBTQ folk — her heart’s so big,” said Iggy Ladden, who also works with the Collective.
Her friends said Malary had a “profound influence” on the lives of the people around her.
Anyone with information can contact detectives at (847) 866-5040.
Superintendent Pulls 130 LGBT Books from Libraries in Texas
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Jeremy Glenn, superintendent of the Texas Granbury Independent School District, met with librarians in January. A recording obtained by the media found that he made anti-LGBT remarks to the librarians and told them if they aren’t conservative, “You better hide it.”
“This audio is very much evidence of anti-LGBTQ and particularly anti-trans discrimination,” said Kate Huddleston, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.
Since the meeting, 130 books about gender and sexuality have been removed from the shelves, according to the Advocate. It is one of the largest book removals in the country and about 75% of the books pulled feature LGBT issues or characters.
Because of Glenn’s comments and actions, one non-binary student, Lou Whiting, said they’ve been afraid to report the harassment from other students out of fear that administrators won’t take their claims seriously. And teachers are now afraid of retribution for any personal views that don’t align with Glenn’s.
“I don’t feel incredibly safe or welcomed by a large majority of the students at my school,” Whiting said.