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.
Texas tries to repackage its anti-trans bathroom bill, Trump hits a rough spot, Deborah Danner is lost to police violence, Seattle teachers rally for Black Lives Matter and more.
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.
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.
“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.”
Mexico’s President is pushing for marriage equality, what happened at the Dem convention in Nevada, the first openly gay secretary of the US Army, and more.
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.
One city in Alabama has drawn a new line in the sand with bathroom bills, organizing against police violence, a bill about counselors in TN that’s dangerous for LGBT people, and more.
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.
Tennessee has resurrected its bathroom bill that would hurt trans teens, what really happened with the judge’s verdict on Kesha’s lawsuit, new statistics about sexual assault, and more.