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This page is dedicated to remembering our Transcestors

Veronica Love was born January 28, 1964 in San Francisco, CA to the parents of Edith Jewel Love (who preceded her in death) and Tom Love (who preceded her in death). Veronica received her education in San Francisco, CA. She did many stage performances showcasing her style and class, with her jazzy yet sassy personality. Veronica’s impact on her community over the years, led her to receive the title of “Queen”. She left a truly memorable mark on whoever she came in contact with, she was fun to be around and was always ready for a good time. Veronica loved to dress and found pleasure in the finer things of life. It didn’t take much to please Veronica, she just enjoyed being around her family and friends. She seemed quiet and to herself for the most part, but she knew when to turn it up a notch and get in on the jokes and laughter. She enjoyed being photographed, even taking beautiful pictures of herself, she was full of personality. Even though she was the Queen she was not a DRAMA queen, she was full of humility and brung a peaceful presence to every room. Veronica loved her family, she had a special bond with each one of her siblings, nieces and nephews. She always took advantage of opportunities to be around her loved ones, she hardly missed a family gathering. Veronica gained a community of family in San Francisco, CA, where she spent most of her time networking and developing relationships that last her a lifetime

Minister Tanesh Nutall was born in Rahay, New Jersey, on July 22, 1964, to her late parents, Marion Watson and Cynthia Massey. She confessed Christ at an early age. Minster Tanesh Nutall joined the City of Refuge UCC under the direction of Bishop Yvette A. Flunder: Minister Nutall served in many capacities at the church. Tanesh was ordained as a minister where she served true to her calling. She was a faithful member for twelve years until her health failed. Minister Tanesh Nutall received her education at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. After stepping out on faith, Minister Nutall moved to the bay area to finish her education at the Pacific School of Religion, Theological Education for Leadership where she earned her Certification in Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible. In 2006, she married the love of her life, Pierre Nutall. He was the most supportive, caring, and good listener and stuck by Tanesh’s side. Minister Tanesh received a firm spiritual foundation in the cities of Oakland and San Francisco California. She also served as an active participant and advocate of the trans community. She was a former Program Manager at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Tanesh studied, and she loved the Lord. 

Tessa ‘Jean Marie’ Sarver

Sunrise March 22, 1964 – Sunset November 2017

“Oh my!” sweetie pie, we miss you saying that. Tessa was a loving presence devoted to social justice. Her friendship and sisterhood will be deeply missed. She was obsessed with mathematics and loved to think of it as another language. A talented guitar player, she would often fill Mail Night with the sound of complicated jazz, chosen by her on the radio. She was committed to disrupting the system!

Minister Bobbi Jean Baker

Sunrise March 20, 1964 – Sunset January 1, 2014

An advocate, a role model, a minister, a legacy. Bobbie Jean Baker will be remembered. She will be remembered for her community work in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area since 1992. She was part of the transgender group Transcendence Gospel Choir for over 10 years. Additionally, she was a lay minister at Transcending Transgender Ministries and an ordained minister at City Refuge United Church of Christ, and the West Coast Regional TransSaints Minister of the Fellowship Of Affirming Ministries. She touched many lives at Tri-City Health Center in Fremont and at Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center and beyond.

Marilyn Outlaw

Melenie Eleneke

Melenie was on born O’ahu, Hawai’i. She bravely transitioned at 14 and demonstrated that courage and passion for the rest of her life. Melenie joined TGIJP in 2004 and words do not describe her contribution for over 9 years. She brought a sense of welcomeness and warmth. She is loved and missed.

Melenie, we honor you. Thank you for blessing us with your life.  In your memory we continue the struggle for survival, self-determination, and freedom.

Chris Teagel