Via KSDK: St. Louis drag legend Michelle McCausland, Michael Shreves, died last week at 61 following a battle of COVID-19.
Shreves was a change-maker in the community, challenging a nearly 100-year-old law against men wearing women's clothing when he was arrested in 1984.
Alderman Shane Cohn, the first openly gay elected official in the area, said of Shreves:
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.
A local report on Shreves's death: