This past week in Columbus, Ohio, Rae’Lynn Thomas, 28, was shot and killed by her mother’s ex-boyfriend, a man with a history transphobic comments, who repeatedly called her “the devil,” according to Mic.
**Trigger warning: this story describes violence against a Black trans woman and her murder.**
Trans women continue to be targeted for violence, hatred, and harm in the United States. Sadly, these issues and altercations all too often end in homicide. The fourteenth known trans person was killed in New Orleans on June 9th. Her name was Goddess Diamond even though the New Orleans Advocate has reported her death while misgendering her and using her previous name.
When Davontae Sanford was only 14 years old, he was sentenced to 37-to-90 years after pleading guilty to four counts of second-degree homicide in four murders. Now, nine years later at the age of 23, Sanford is being released after it was found that he inaccurately pleaded guilty following the advice of his attorney.
According to USA Today, a professional hitman Vincent Smothers confessed to those same murders, and eight others, just two weeks after Sanford’s inaccurate confession. Smothers even gave an affidavit last year repeating his claims that Sanford had no involvement in the crimes.
In 48 hours, two transgender women have been killed in the United States. It’s time to address transphobia and the violence surrounding it in this country and all over the world.
The Chicago Police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel want us to be calm. They want us to be quiet, hidden from plain sight. They want us pacified in the face of injustice. And, the mainstream media is great at conveying their desires.
For the past year since 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was murdered by Officer Jason Van Dyke, these institutions and political figure heads have emphasized words like “healing” and “calm” when discussing Black and brown people in Chicago without addressing the systematic targeting of Black and brown youth in the city, the hyper-policing of Black and brown neighborhoods, and the intentional disinvestment from Black and brown communities.
From The Advocate:
New Orleans trans advocates say they have been left stunned by the death of Penny Proud, one of their city’s young, black trans residents, the latest casualty in the ongoing national trend of antitrans violence that has seen five trans women of color killed within the first five weeks of 2015.
Proud, 21, was fatally shot multiple times at 1:30 a.m. on February 10, according to local news report from NOLA that theNational Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has linked to Proud. Few other details are currently available, but the first press release to address the situation, from New Orleans LGBT youth of color activist group BreakOUT!, condemned NOLA’s report for misgendering Proud.
In announcing her death, BreakOUT! has urged media to cover Proud’s story, as well as those of all trans victims, with respect for her preferred identity, name, and pronoun, which also accords with journalistic standards endorsed by the Associated Press and GLAAD. The youth group had already been writing a press release concerning the recent deaths of Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, in Los Angeles; Ty Underwood, 24, in North Tyler, Texas; Lamia Beard, 30, in Norfolk, Va.; and Lamar Edwards, 20, in Lousville, Ky., when news of Proud’s murder emerged from local sources. San Francisco resident Taja DeJesus was also discovered fatally stabbed this week.
Read more at the Advocate.
This is selfie culture gone horribly wrong.
Sixteen-year-old Maxwell Morton has been charged in connection with the death of Ryan Mangan, also sixteen. Morton was charged after a woman came forward and claimed that her son received a Snapchat from Morton showing a selfie with Mangan’s shot, slumped over body.
The woman claimed that the Snapchat read, “Told you I cleaned up the shells” and “Ryan was not the last one.”
Morton will be tried as an adult.
h/t The Root
Photo: Maxwell Morton/WTAE
There are not many details known about Lamia Beard’s death. What is known, is that Beard is the latest transgender woman of color to fall victim to violence.
The mother of the gunman who killed two NYPD police officers on Saturday extended her deepest condolences to their families on Monday.