Aimee Stephens Wiki – Aimee Stephens Biography
Aimee Stephens, a funeral director until she was fired shortly after announcing her plan to transition to life as a woman, died after suffering complications of kidney disease at age 59 in Detroit with her wife, Donna Stephens, at her side. In a statement, ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio said, “Aimee did not set out to be a hero and a trailblazer, but she is one. And our country owes her a debt of gratitude for her commitment to justice for all people and her dedication to our transgender community.” The case was argued before the Supreme Court in October, and Stephens’ death, even coming as a ruling is expected any day, will not change the status of the case.
Stephens said she knew from age five that she was a girl, despite having been assigned male at birth. In 2013, at the age of 52, she was finally able to step into her true self more fully. She had the support of her wife, Donna, and many friends and allies, including organizations like the ACLU and a growing stack of case law.
Less than half of the 50 states in the US have specific civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ people. Nearly a third (29%) of transgender people live in poverty, compared with 12% in the US population, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.
“I’ve come to learn since  that there really is no protection for LGBTQ people,” Stephens told the Guardian last year. “That you can be fired from your job, you could be evicted from your housing. You can be denied medical care and that’s when I started to realize that it is much bigger than what I thought.”
Aimee Stephens Education
She graduated from Mars Hill University in 1984 with a degree in religious education and obtained a degree in mortuary science from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1988, according to the A.C.L.U. She started at R.G. & G.R. Harris in 2008.
Aimee Stephens Age
Aimee Stephens was 59. She was born on Dec. 7, 1960, in Fayetteville, N.C. She died on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at her home in Michigan.
Aimee Stephens Family
In addition to her wife, Donna Stephens, survivors include the couple’s daughter, Elizabeth.
Cause of Death
She died on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at her home in Michigan, at the age of 59, after complications related to kidney failure, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Ms. Stephens.
Her death was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented her in her lawsuit against RG and GR Harris funeral home. Stephens had kidney disease and was in hospice care. She was in a wheelchair when the court heard arguments last fall.