Trailblazing St Louis drag icon Michael Shreves AKA Michelle McCausland, a former Miss Missouri, passed away last week after a battle with COVID-19. She was 61.
Shreves first made waves in the community back in 1984 when he was arrested for “masquerading in gender inappropriate clothing” and then worked successfully to overturn the nearly 100-year-old law against cross-dressing.
“She had a profound impact on the local LGBTQ community,” says Shane Cohen Alderman, the first openly gay elected official in the area, said of Shrives.
“I received very affirming and positive messages from Michael, you know, not only when I was first elected, but throughout my tenure. That’s a message for those in our community that we need to ensure that we are taking this pandemic seriously, as well.”
Watch the local news tribute below.
(via Boy Culture)