Idaho: Trans Woman Dressed as Man at Her Funeral

Jennifer Gable, from Idaho, died of a brain aneurism at the age of 32. [Image: Facebook]

Jennifer Gable, from Idaho, died of a brain aneurism at the age of 32. [Image: Facebook]

A transgender woman was dressed by her family as a man for her funeral, which has prompted strong criticism of the family for erasing the woman’s identity.

Jennifer Gable, originally from Twin Falls, Idaho, died of a brain aneurism in October at the age of 32. Despite legally changing her name to Jennifer in 2007, friends of Ms Gable were shocked to find that her family had presented Jennifer as a man for her funeral at Magic Valley Funeral Home. 

Ms Gable’s family had cut the woman’s hair and dressed her in a striped man’s suit, referring to her as Geoffrey during the funeral service. Stacy Dee Hudson, a friend of the late Ms Gable, said she was “disgusted” at her friend’s treatment by her own family, posting on Facebook:

“A great and dear friend’s mom went to the funeral today. It was not closed casket. They cut her hair, suit on. How can they bury her as Geoff when she legally changed her name. So very sad. Jen you will be missed and people who know you know that you are at peace.”

“What her parents have done is just a horrible thing,” said Brandan Klosterman, a close friend of Jennifer. “There was a lot of bigotry from her family, and I don’t even think they talked to her anymore.”

Gable’s grandparents, who had raised both Jennifer and her brother, refused to speak to the media, calling it a “family situation”.

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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