Our Family Christian Church Appeals
For Funds For "Jill's House"
Donations for Jill's House can be sent to:
The Jill Seidel Memorial Fund
c/o Our Family Christian Church
P.O. Box 8940, Honolulu, HI 96830
Honolulu Advertiser, February 18, 2000
P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96802
Donations Offered For Prostitute's Memorial
By Tanya Bricking, Advertiser Staff Writer
The death of a homeless transsexual has touched strangers across O`ahu who
want to make sure Peter Seidel did not die in vain.
Seidel, also known as "Julia" or "Jill," was a prostitute with mental problems and AIDS who died Feb. 3 of an apparent drug overdose. Seidel's body ended up unclaimed at the morgue.
Following a story on Seidel in Sunday's Advertiser, Our Family Christian Church set up a fund to raise money for "Jill's House," what members hope will become a drug and alcohol treatment center for transgendered people, co-pastor Barbara Riley said.
The church is also planning a March 3 memorial service. Others are planning a March 2 candlelight vigil in A`ala Park, the Chinatown area where Seidel lived on the streets and was later found unconscious. Someone has donated a burial plot for Seidel at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
Tammy Wronski, a transsexual and recovering alcoholic who was a friend of Seidel's, said part of the problem in finding treatment for Seidel was that "there's really no recovery house for us girls."
Lydia Willis, a former heroin addict who took Seidel into her Wai`anae home for a time, is among those who want that to change. "The transgender people, it's like they have no place to go," Willis said.
Jill's House would be a halfway house and "a lasting tribute to a young woman who received so little respect in life," said Carolyn Golojuch, president of the O`ahu branch of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The state has turned Seidel's body over to Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai`i, which will place Seidel's ashes in a crypt at O`ahu Cemetery until a search for Seidel's relatives is exhausted.
Those who never knew Seidel are making donations, church member Kimiko Teramoto said.