Know Your Audience: AOC's Tribute To Trans Activist In Congress Met With MAJOR Backlash

By Tommy Wilson | Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:30 PM
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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) delivered a speech in Congress on Ash Wednesday to honor the late trans activist Cecilia Gentili.

The funeral service for Gentili took place the following day at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, which sparked controversy for its unconventional themes.

During her address, AOC paid tribute to Gentili, stating, “I rise today to reflect on the life and legacy of beloved Queens community leader, Cecilia Gentili.” AOC highlighted Gentili's journey from being a sex worker and an undocumented immigrant to becoming a respected advocate for the trans and undocumented community in Queens.

The funeral service at St. Patrick's Cathedral, however, stirred backlash due to its perceived blasphemous content. One attendee, identified as a self-proclaimed atheist, made derogatory remarks about Gentili, referring to her in disrespectful terms.

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In response to the criticism, the Archdiocese of New York, which oversees St. Patrick's Cathedral, issued a statement denouncing the controversial aspects of the funeral service. The Archdiocese announced plans for an official "Mass of Reparation" to be conducted to restore the sanctity of the cathedral following the event.

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The incident at St. Patrick's Cathedral has reignited discussions about the boundaries of religious tolerance and respect in the context of funeral services and the treatment of the deceased.

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