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.
“Not even a week after I reported that Dee Whigham became at least the 16th trans person murdered in the United States this year alone, I’m devastated to have to report the murder of another much-too-young Black trans woman, Skye Mockabee of Cleveland, Ohio.”
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.
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.
The alleged behavior of witnesses to the 1963 murder of Kitty Genovese, a lesbian barmaid who lived in Queens with her girlfriend, inspired the concept of “the bystander effect.” The only problem is that the story of the 38 apathetic bystanders isn’t even remotely true.