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.


June LaTrobe, public policy director of the transgender activist group Illinois Gender Advocates, said transgender women of color “are the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Read more at CBS2.

At a time when portions of the city are being compared to a war zone, this story has been infuriatingly unreported and proves, yet again, that the lives of transgender black and brown youth are in particular danger.

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