Dying Trans: Preserving Identity in Death

The Order of the Good Death, January 2017

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I spoke to trans people, funeral directors, and other experts about how those who may be estranged from their families can protect their identities and wishes after their deaths. This article is a much-edited version of a lecture I presented at Death Salon: Mütter Museum.

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It’s Okay to Giggle at the Clown Funeral

Atlas Obscura, February 2016

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On the first Sunday in February, a funeral took place at All Saints Church in Haggerston, North London. At the beginning of the proceedings, clowns entered the church anarchically, causing a ruckus, poking people with puppets, and brandishing balloon animals. This was to be expected, for the occasion was the Grimaldi Service—London’s annual clown funeral.