A transgender woman of colour who began her transition at 16, Jahaira M DeAlto has sadly passed away. She was reported to have died today May 3 2021. Circumstances surrounding her death was not made known to the public.
The news of her death was confirmed on social media.
Rest in power sister Jahaira DeAlto Balenciaga she was the kindest sister, mother, aunty, friend. A ballroom legend. And we want justice.
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) May 3, 2021
Jahaira also does intersectional advocacy and activism in areas of gender, race, and sexuality work. One of the biggest parts of her work is helping too, in her words, “normalize” the transgender experience for those who might be unaware of what the community endures on a daily basis.
Jahaira DeAlto is also a leader and advocate from Boston who organizes through an immigrant trans radical womanist praxis.
Her work in social justice began in 1997 with the Chanelle Pickett murder trial. Notably, she has spoken at the Ryan White Youth Conference on HIV/AIDS, the Hetrick-Martin School, and Harvard University.