[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 196 (Friday, December 1, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING BISHOP S.F. MAKALANI-MAHEE (1972-2017)
HON. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ
in the house of representatives
Friday, December 1, 2017
Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, today it is my privilege to honor
the life of Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee, a minister and transgender
activist from Oakland Park, Florida, who was the youngest pastor ever
commissioned by the Unity Fellowship Church.
S.F. was born on July 5, 1972 to Barbara MaHee and the late Adisa
Makalani. The family's Sundays were spent in church, where S.F. enjoyed
serenading the congregation with gospel renditions of “Jesus Can Work
It Out.” S.F. found his love of Broadway at the Julia Richman High
School in New York, where producer Cheryl Weisenfeld cast him in a
production of Grease.
After moving to Atlanta with family, S.F. began teaching theater
courses, as well as lecturing for Georgia State University, Soapstone
Center for the Performing Arts, and Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. He
also founded the Heart Theater, a youth theater troupe, where he wrote
and directed Journeys, an educational play focused on HIV/AIDS.
Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee came to South Florida in 1997 where he
found his community, his congregation and his purpose. S.F. began
working at the PRIDE Center in Wilton Manors, as well as many other
non-profits. He founded Black Gay Pride South Florida and co-founded
BLACKOUT, South Florida's first African-American LGBTQ Film Festival.
S.F. was the first transgender person to be appointed to the Broward
County Human Rights Board. He was also an active member of the Dolphin
Democrats, the longest continually-operating LGBTQ advocacy group in
Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee spent his life loving others
unconditionally. Before his untimely passing, S.F. served as the
Coordinator of the Transgender Program at the Broward County Department
of Health, where he advocated for fellow members of South Florida's
transgender community. S.F. passed away on November 20, 2017, this
year's Transgender Day of Remembrance. He is survived by his mother
Barbara; his siblings Darcy, Jeffrey, Justin, and Marsha; and several
nephews. He is also survived by a community of friends across South
Florida, Atlanta, and New York who he considered his family.