She was the light in her family’s life. She was 28 years old. She is the fourth trans woman of color to be murdered in the last six weeks.
After we learned about three trans women, all of them Black, being murdered in July, the number of trans people reported murdered in the US this year became 17, now with Tijerina, it’s 18.
SCOTUS has issued a stay on a Virginia circuit court’s ruling, temporarily upholding a school’s anti-trans bathroom policy until they can issue a fuller ruling.
More history made at the DNC, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, voter ID laws, new data on gay-straight alliances and more.
At this point last year, we knew about fifteen trans women who had been murdered, which means that despite all the “progress” that trans people have been making in the media, in courthouses and in the halls of congress, trans people are being murdered at the same rate.
Two lawsuits that fight for trans students to access the bathrooms they need, WNBA players standing up for Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump’s RNC acceptance speech and more.
22-year-old Dee Dee was shot on the fourth of July and succumbed to her wounds after ten days on life support.
“She was very loved, and was very kind,” her co-worker told a New Orleans newspaper. “And that’s what makes this more difficult. In addition to losing a friend, we lost an LGBT leader.”
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“Keeping abreast of the passersby, the evidence of our intimacy was in the way we carried our hands. They were strategically placed so when they touched, it could be disguised as a perpetual accident. In honor of our silent dance, those near us were careful to walk around us instead of in-between.”
As far too often happens, she was misgendered in death, with news reports using her birth name and incorrect pronouns, even when reporting that she was a transgender woman. Misgendering trans women like this continues and supports the violence that so many of us face.
A beer company hates HB2, Her Story’s crew just got mad props, Obama’s continuing to rock it, Canada’s doing right by trans people, Zimbabwe’s opposition leader says he’d stop LGBT persecution, and more good gay news!
“It took watching I Don’t Wanna Be A Boy to show me that the negative attitudes towards trans women have always been pervasive in society, that from 1994 to 2016 there hasn’t been much change in how society views us. But it also taught me that we share a sisterhood of sorts. No matter what time and what place, trans women of color are connected by our similar experiences.”
Reecey Walker was killed in her own home in Wichita, Kansas. A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with her murder.
Autostraddle walks you through the entire history of trans female characters on American television from 1965-2015.
Blakeney becomes the 9th trans person reported murdered this year, meaning that if this pace keeps up, 2016 will break the horrible record that last year set of most trans murders reported in the United States in one year.
Shante Thompson, a Houston native and Black trans woman, was shot along with a man named Willie Sims late last night and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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“I fire off a series of tweets to Governor Pat McCrory, as well as the North Carolina Values Coalition and some public supporters of the bill. The few replies I get make it clear that my arguments have zero impact. This issue will consume my consciousness for the following few days.”