ALEXIS ARQUETTE, the actor and activist for transgender rights, died on September 11, aged 47.
A press statement, written by Alexis's sister Patricia, said: "Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical.
"She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people.
"She fiercely lived her reality in a world where it is dangerous to be a trans person – a world largely unready to accept differences among human beings, and where there is still the ugliness of violence and hostility towards people that we may not understand."
Arquette starred in Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer and played a transvestite in Last Exit To Brooklyn in 1989.