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Stephanie Mott Transgender Activist Dies From a Heart Attack at 61

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Stephanie Mott, a well-known transgender activist, died on March 4, 2019, from a heart attack in Kansas. She was 61 years old.

According to Reverand Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan said Mott was admitted to a hospital in Topeka on March 3 and died the next day.

Executive Director of Equality Kansas Tom Witt said there would nobody who could replace Mott, who was on the board of directors of the organization for the past two years. At the time of her death, she was the vice chairperson of the organization.

Laura Kelly, Governor of Kansas, wrote on her Facebook that Mott was a role model and a champion of equality for the LGBT community. Her advocacy and the way she improved Kansas will be her legacy.

Jennifer Hamer, the vice provost for equity and diversity at the University of Kansas, said on Twitter that Mott fought for transgender rights before her struggles.

Growing up in the ’60s in Eudora, Mott was raised in a devout Christian family, and she spent her life trying to reconcile her religion with being transgender.

Mott started the “Transgender Faith Tour.” in 2015. She traveled to different states in the country lecturing on being Christian and transgender.

Mott struggled to accept her gender identity and suffered from drug and alcohol abuse. When she was 48 years old, she became homeless.

After she transitioned, she went to college and became an advocate in Kansas for the transgender community.

Mott was the executive director and founder of the Kansas State Transgender Project. A memorial service is being planned.

Written by Barbara Sobel

Sources:

LJWorld: Kansas transgender activist dies at 61; governor calls her ‘champion for equality’
KSNT: Stephanie Mott, well known Topeka LGBTQ activist, dead at 61 after suffering apparent heart attack
The Kansas City Star: Kansas LGBTQ activist Stephanie Mott dies

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