APRIL 9, 1986 – SEPT 30, 2012
January Marie Lapuz, born on April 9, 1986, in Santiago City, Philippines, passed away on September 30, 2012, in New Westminster, B.C.
January was the Social Coordinator of Sher Vancouver and the first transgender person to hold an executive position with the group.
Being the life of the party, she would make everyone laugh. A kind, caring, generous and loyal friend, January was a great singer and dancer. She was known as our very own “Beyonce.”
January had many challenges and struggles as an immigrant, as a person of colour and as a transgender woman living in poverty. Nonetheless, she was a bright light and shining star in Sher Vancouver. She was a fabulous MC on our Pride of Bollywood float in the Vancouver Pride Parade and the Bang Bang Bollywood club nights.
Not a day goes by that January’s friends don’t think of her. We miss her and we all know that she is watching over us like an Angel in Heaven.
When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home in New Westminster, BC, her community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person. This film will not only bring justice to January, but to all the women who have lost their lives. January had a beautiful soul, and now part of her soul rests in each and every one of us.