According to a friend, Gibson was visiting her friends and family in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. That friend added, “She was just a really good person. Everyone loved her. This is unnecessary.”
We’re not even two months into the year and four trans women of color have been murdered, three of them Black, and the last two have been not even twenty five years old.
I’m freaking serious, this is so worth it: we’ve got one full campership for a trans woman of color with full travel included, one campership for a trans woman without travel and four camperships for trans women of color with a $100 travel stipend.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to report on this murder earlier because Striker was disrespected and misgendered by police and media in death.
“For me, as a Black Trans Woman, to find her body not only as something worthy and magnificent (as it is), but to find someone to share that magick with, may very well be one of the only moments she has to enjoy a trying and very taxing life — one that’s always trying to kill her.”
I’m beyond honored and blessed to premiere the new live version of “I Am Her,” Diamond’s powerful anthem stripped down into an a capella performance.
Wounded Arrow was loved by many and will be sorely missed. Her murder is hitting the community hard. The Sioux Falls Two-Spirit group said “our hearts are broke as we will miss her very much. So again, prayers are needed. Pilamaye.”
Five days into the new year, as the GOP ramps up its trans-scapegoating rhetoric and legislation around the country, we once again begin counting the trans women’s lives taken by hate.
I don’t know how to be hopeful right now, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing or working or fighting, and I know everyone at Autostraddle stands firmly with me.
Attention and action around the epidemic of deadly violence towards trans women of color is more important now than ever, as we’ll only see it heightened in the coming months.
“Not even a week ago we were reporting on the murder of another Black trans woman, Jazz Alford, and now, here we are again. I’m extremely sorry to report that this time her name is Brandi Bledsoe, and she was 32 years old and she was from Cleveland, Ohio.”
“There’s nothing more I want to remember than every moment and sensation we shared. Our grinding hips at Queer Cumbia, feeling your drunken sweat drip onto my freshly implanted tits. The way we sloppily made out and smeared our red and burgundy lips all over our mouths, noses, forehead, and neck.”
Edmonds is at least the 21st trans person murdered in the US this year. We knew of at least 23 last year.
While we don’t know the exact number and almost certainly never will, we know that she is at least the 20th trans person murdered this year, most of them being Black and Brown trans women.
Wilson-Yang deftly weaves and unweaves the threads of narrative tropes that have come to dominate the telling of the stories of trans women, lesbians, migrants, and Chinese North Americans.
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.
22-year-old Dee Dee was shot on the fourth of July and succumbed to her wounds after ten days on life support.