Jovana Luna's memorial at El/La Para Translatinas. Photo by Meira Gebel.

The funeral and memorial service for transgender activist Jovana Luna, who died Sunday afternoon, will be held this Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. at Driscoll’s Valencia St. Serra Mortuary, according to Francisco Rangel, the office coordinator of El/La Para Translatinas. 

Luna, the outreach coordinator for El/La, was 37 years old.  The cause of death is still unknown.

Over the past few days participants and volunteers of El/La as well as other friends and colleagues have visited El/La’s altar space at the non-profit’s office at 2940 16th St. to drop off flowers, donations and pay their respects.  It was originally designed by Luna. 

One participant, Kimberly Cruz, remembered Luna’s spirit and energy.

“Jovana had a deep voice, and she would always sing,” Cruz said. “We would always dance around and sing karaoke.”

“Life is short, but it can be difficult,” Cruz said as she left. “We can’t take too much for granted.”

Isa Noyola, the Advisory Board Co-Chair for El/La, said on Monday,  “She was committed to fighting for El/La and her translatina sisters everywhere. She will be missed.”

Donations are still being accepted for Luna’s memorial fund here and in-person at El/La’s office at 2940 16th Street, Room 319.

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