On Monday, April 4 2016, the jury selection began for the trial of James Dixon, the 25-year-old man who was accused of manslaughter and assault in the 2013 murder of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old black transgender woman.
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.
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.
The savage beating and death of 21-year old transgender woman Islan Nettles is being investigated as a hate crime.
She’d been walking with friends on Saturday night in Harlem when a group of men began shouting homophobic slurs and attacked them.
Yesterday, she was declared brain dead due to the injuries she suffered, and subsequently taken off life support.
Cece McDonald is a black transgender youth currently serving a 41-month sentence for stabbing a person who attacked her and her friends.
She recently penned a letter from prison where she discusses the justice system, and how it feels to be a survivor.
The letter, which was featured on ColorLines, says in part:
Today, November 20, is the 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR):
TDOR is a day to memorialize those whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender fear, bigotry and hatred.
Vice President Joe Biden declared that transgender equality is the “civil rights issue of our time” at a campaign field office in Florida on Tuesday.
Biden was responding to a woman who’d explained that her daughter was named Miss Trans New England, and asked if he would help ensure equality for trans people.
On August 15, a 19-year-old transgender woman known as Tiffany (nee Donta Gooden) was found murdered in Chicago.
She was stabbed to death.
This is the second murder of a transgender woman in the last four months, both of which occurred on the city’s west side.
Gooden’s body was found just three blocks away from where Paige Clay, another transgender woman, was found dead in April.
Clay, 23, was found shot and killed in an alley in the 4500 block of West Jackson Boulevard in the neighboring West Garfield Park neighborhood.
The two victims had strikingly similar backstories.