Mia Alaina-Lorene KnightAge 20
31 May 2023
Yuba City, California (USA)
Mia died by suicide. The following month her legcy was honoured at Yuba City’s first “Love is Love” Pride walk.
A few years ago, Mia Alaina-Lorene Knight shared with some family a dream: Leading a pride parade in her hometown.
A 20-year old transgender woman from the Yuba-Sutter area, Knight died on May 31 by suicide, her family and friends said. Many in the area say she brought light to a community where LGBTQ+ people are still finding their footing.
She was a dancer. She sang. She was known for her unapologetic attitude, and though she had her struggles, Knight’s community of family, friends and supporters chose to honor her legacy at Yuba City’s first “Love is Love” walk in mid-June.
She wasn’t involved in organizing the celebration, but her family and friends were at the forefront, carrying a banner with her name amid chants and music. All in all, the walk drew over 100 attendees and organizers later brought in vendors, booths and resources for LGBTQ youth.
“To have that all come together was just really heartwarming, but it was also heartbreaking,” said Rachel Madrigal, a co-organizer of the parade. “It was just even more important to do what we did.”