Maya Haddad,27, has passed away ‘prematurely’ Monday according to friends and news reports. The cause of her death has not been released, however, it was known that she suffered greatly after being disowned by her family after transitioning at age 15.
Maya Haddad sought to represent Israel in last year’s Miss Trans International Beauty Pageant in Barcelona and will be missed by all who came to know her.
Our dear friend Veso Golden who represented Ghana in Barcelona wrote “Since I heard about your death I have been thinking how possible it is for this beauty to just cut short. You were welcoming and very friendly. I pray your soul finds a peaceful rest ?? Maya”
Itai Bronze, a city council member and LGBT portfolio holder, said today, “Unfortunately Maya is only the latest in a never-ending chain of trans and trans people who end their lives so young and in tragic circumstances. The constant struggle to be who they are, the estrangement from families, the almost complete obstacle to finding a job and the relentless need to survive against an abusive and violent society towards them and a government that does not count them – all result in the unbearable phenomenon that is only intensifying. ”
The Tel Aviv municipality and the pride center in the city expressed their sadness, adding: “The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality and the pride center are working to give the trans community a hand and a home, but many and deep needs. Until the Israeli government does not give high priority to promoting the most disadvantaged population in the country, there will be no real solution Disasters like the one that happened this morning. ”
Maya Haddad, the 27-year-old Israeli transgender activist that was the symbol of the transgender protest in 2018, passed away yesterday, apparently after self-harm.
We must fight, be louder for transgender folks, everywhere.
Rest in power Maya. pic.twitter.com/x9mQiNm8ax
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) January 20, 2020
Community member Liaoz Levy told news1.news: “I always knew who she was, but I knew her much better after the stabbing incident, which happened in July 2018. Maya made the gender transition at 15, and has since been thrown out of her home. The end. She came to Tel Aviv and found her tribe, but was in great distress. In fact, her whole story boils down to the fact that the family didn’t want to contact and haunt her. ”
Maya Haddad’s funeral is expected to be the responsibility of the pride center and to be a private event of the trans community. “The family did not agree to an autopsy and did not want responsibility for the burial arrangements,” says Levy. “It is important for me to make it clear that when there is no support from the family, when the family is estranged, persecuted, does not recognize her child – this is what brings a person into very difficult mental states. We all need to learn that a child does not come with a swap note, it is impossible to get it, and people should To take responsibility for their children. If families support their children, those offspring can live a full, beautiful and good life. “
Maya Haddad, a 27-year-old woman who became one of the community’s protest leaders in 2018, has died: her friends heralded her passing and expressed regret, as did the Tel Aviv municipality and the pride center. “We are no different from you, we are equal,” she said in an interview after being shot in protest
Light Ravid | News 12 | Posted 19/01/20 7:11 PM | Updated 1/19/20 7:50 PM
Update 1/22/2020 Today we learned that Maya Haddad was buried Tuesday at the Menashe Gate Regional Cemetery.
According to News1News she was buried as a woman, and police forces secured the place for fear of protests and violence, after her family announced she was not Take part in the burial arrangements. “Hope we were able to say goodbye to you in a way that respects you and your friends,” she was eulogized. “Nobody helped her in her life, didn’t support her – now she’s in a good place.”
“I think it’s really a tragedy,” a friend said. “In the end we were our only family, in the end it was our sister.” Another friend remembered Haddad’s good moments: “We will remember her only in her good things and in her happy moments. She loved to rejoice, you can’t say anything bad about her, there was no drop in her evil.”
At the end of the ceremony, a prayer service was played in Arabic.
R.I.P Maya Haddad