From her studio in Cuyahoga Falls, Coco Miletti and her assistant of 2 years, Jake Hallett, ply a trade synonymous with transformation: cosmetics. In their perch above Front Street, Miletti and Hallett offer a wide range of services, from hair and make-up styling for boudoir photography and weddings to ground-up makeup lessons and instructions for people who are transitioning.
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Tierramarie Lewis had the drive to be one of the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland’s success stories. She came to Cleveland for a fresh start last year, but on June 12, police responding to a gunshot report found Lewis face down on the ground. Lewis’ death is weighing on the hearts and minds of those who tried to help her avoid the fate of far too many Black transgender women in Ohio and across the county.