She was 28 years old.
Barely even a woman yet, at 17 years old, Ava Le’Ray Barrin is the 14th trans woman of color in the United States whose life was ended too early.
A recent spike in violence against trans women in Malaysia has left activists and the trans community fearful, but also determined in their calls for the Malaysian Government and society to be held accountable.
Berrios was one of the original and most beloved performers at Ithaca’s House of Merlot, a drag performance troupe that founded the Ithaca College Drag show for the Trevor Project in 2012 and has been raising funds for LGBTQ youth ever since.
McFadden was a 27-year-old restaurant server and aspiring singer in San Antonio, TX.
Nearly all those murdered, including Faulkner, have been Black trans women.
Nine out of the ten trans people reported murdered this year have been Black; the tenth was a Native American woman.
Reed, who grew up in Carol City and graduated from American Senior High School, was just 28 years old. She is the sixth trans woman of color under the age of thirty murdered this year, and the eighth Black trans woman murdered this year.
Police don’t have a lot of information, other than that there was an argument and then two men sped away in a car. They are offering a reward for more information.
Once the bill receives final chamber approval, SB6 will move forward to the House, which is dominated by Republicans but whose members are not as eager to take it up.
Holland, who is the 7th trans person reported murdered this year, was just 18 years old. A teenager. A child.
She was 21 years old.
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.
While any and all support for the trans community is necessary and welcome, the ACLU is missing the mark with this hashtag. The big swing and miss for me is the fact that SB6 is an anti-trans bill that specifically aims to single out trans feminine individuals, regardless of sexual orientation.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to report on this murder earlier because Striker was disrespected and misgendered by police and media in death.
“I refuse to place myself in danger because it makes some fools at the Texas capital uncomfortable that girls like me exist publicly. I will not be limited to a sexual fantasy or some kind of untouchable position in society because I am a transgender woman.”
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.
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.