Fourth Black Trans Woman Killed This Year

Penny Proud

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.


21-Year Old Transgender Woman Beaten to Death in Harlem

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.

Transgender Woman Murdered in Chicago

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.