Friends of Jennifer Gable were astonished when they attended her open casket funeral to discover her dressed as a man, complete with short haircut and suit.
Her identity as a trans woman was completely erased and replaced with her former self, the version of her that her father was more comfortable with, reports Miami Herald.
Programs featured her birth name “Geoffrey Gable,” and gave a briefing of her life that completely left out her transition. It read:
Geoffrey Charles Gable, 32, Boise, passed away suddenly on October 9, 2014 while at his job at Wells Fargo Bank.
He was born in Twin Falls on January 27, 1982 to Anthony Clark Gable and Lori Ann Walton.
Geoff and his brother, Steven, were raised from toddlers by their maternal grandparents, George and Joan Walton.
He attended Morningside Elementary School, O’Leary Junior High and graduated from Twin Falls High School in the year 2000.
He was married to Ann Arthurs in 2005 in Hawaii. They were later divorced.
Geoff grew up as a member of the Twin Falls First Christian Church, where he was baptized in 1996.
Meghan Stabler, a board member of Human Rights Campaign and member of HRC’s National Business Council, had contact with Jennifer a few years back. She had this to say of the ordeal:
“No mention of the woman she knew she was and had lived as for several years. Just erosion of her identity and an old photograph of how the father perceived her to be.
She had done what she needed to do legally to be seen as her authentic self. Her father erased her identity either though ignorance or arrogance.”
She added that this injustice shows the importance of keeping an updated will.
Here’s what attendees saw on the program:
Our thoughts go out to Jennifer and those who truly knew her.