Austin loses one of its most colorful transgendered folks

  • redheaded_dud...

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    Dec 19, 2008 4:40 PM GMT
    Jennifer Gale is one of the people who "Kept Austin Weird". She constantly ran for Austin's city council and mayor. Ironic that in her last speech to the city council, she talked about health and homelessness, and sang "Silent Night". It's like she knew something was gonna happen.

    Good night, sweet prince(ss), and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

    Here's the first couple of paras from the newspaper about her:
    Thursday, December 18, 2008

    For nearly two decades, Jennifer Gale was an Austin fixture — the eccentric, homeless, transgendered eternal political hopeful who ran for offices that ranged from mayor to school board member to U.S. representative.

    Known for her knowledge of local politics, she often mixed songs with her messages to government leaders, singing anything from pop tunes to classics to, more recently, Christmas carols. In what would be her last public appearance, Gale serenaded the city's public health and human services subcommittee Tuesday with "Silent Night."

    Early Wednesday, Gale, 48, was found dead outside the Central Austin church where she commonly slept. A worker called 911 after noticing that Gale showed signs of distress. Austin firefighters at a nearby station performed CPR for more than 30 minutes before declaring Gale dead.
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    Dec 19, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    How in peace...
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    Dec 19, 2008 8:27 PM GMT

    but seriously folks.. lets move the homeless shelter away from downtown..

    and lets move the school of the deaf out by the airport they cant hear anything!.. i mean its in such a great location!.

    im just teasing

    but this is why i live in Austin.. and am proud to say Im an "AUSTINITE"
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    Dec 19, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    May she rest in peace and be with people who love her.
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    Dec 19, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    While I hope that Miss Gale rests in peace, I hope that we all do not.

    There shouldn't be rest, and there shouldn't be peace until people very-special people are celebrated in life and not, conveniently, in death.

    She wasn't weird. It is weird to sit in front of a television set all day or pass the life God saw fit to give each of us into the acoustic insulation of a cubicle.

    Every soul deadening day is an act of terrorism against the infinitely subtle and infinitely delicate mechanism of life. Yes, our lives are ours to waste, and they are also ours to live.

    I wish, oh how I wish, that we could really celebrate people like Miss Gale in life. Austin probably comes close as a municipality to a certain idea of tolerance. However, tolerance is not celebration.

    My life is pathetic compared to Miss Gale. I have the courage of a flea compared to a woman like that. Would that I had a scintilla of her gumption.

    Thank you for posting this, and thank Miss Gale for existing.

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    Dec 19, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    ^ beautiful

    Some people deserve far more than what life has given them and yet never complain, never give up, and shine more brightly than those we fancy as 'successful'.

    I wish I could've known her.

    Remembering Jennifer Gale

    The saddest thing are the hate-filled comments on her myspace page. Whether homophobic or just idiot rednecks. Fucking assholes.

    Jennifer Gale's Platform for Austin

    1. Healthcare, Dental, full physical and eye exam every year by paying in monthly.
    2. Representation through weekly meetings at Reagan, Crockett, Anderson and Travis High School.
    3. Widespread Single-Stream Recycling and an Austin MRF.
    4. Recognition of Lesbian and Gay Relationships.
    5. Our pets want a "No Kill" policy, spay and neuter.
    6. Children's education in law, physics, chemistry, calculus.
    7. Expanded bus routes
    8. Bike avenues, Bike Lane removals
    9. Drug Rehabilitation
    10. Work for the homeless and incarcerated.
    11. Rebates for solar power and hybrid cars
    12. Maintain aquifer and park areas.
    13. Promote farming and animal husbandry
    14. Voter Choice
    15. Neighborhood Integrity