Body of trans woman dressed as boy at viewing – by Heather Cassell

Friends and community members are upset that the body of murdered Latina transgender Ruby Orde?ana was dressed as a boy for a memorial viewing earlier this month.

As friends and Bay Area family members arrived to pay their respects to Orde?ana at Driscoll’s Valencia Street Serra Mortuary in San Francisco on April 2, the mortuary received a phone call from the Nicaraguan Consulate.

The consulate, according to funeral director Ruth Maltez, received word that a community viewing was going to take place. According to Maltez, who already had Orde?ana dressed in the dress suit that her friends purchased for her, Orde?ana’s father contacted the consulate and requested that she be dressed as a boy.