TRUCK DRIVES INTO WILTON MANORS PRIDE EVENT, KILLING ONE, INJURING TWO

One person is dead and two others are injured after a truck ran into the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, Fla. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantolis spoke with local TV station WPLG about the incident. Trantalis, one of Florida’s most prominent out officials who was at the event, characterized the tragedy as intentional. “This is a terrorist…

2 TRANS WOMEN SHOT, KILLED IN THEIR OWN HOMES ON SAME DAY

Two transgender women in separate states were shot and killed inside their homes on May 4th, as the nation’s violence against trans folks continued at a record pace for the year. El Nuevo Georgia reported Sophie Vásquez, 36, a Latinx transgender woman, was shot and killed in her apartment in Brookhaven, Georgia, while WMAR reported Danny Henson, 31, a Black transgender…

GAY MAN BRUTALLY MURDERED & BEHEADED BY FAMILY IN IRAN IN ‘HONOUR KILLING’

An Iranian gay man was brutally murdered and beheaded by his family in a horrific “honour killing” after they found out he was gay. Alireza Fazeli-Monfared, 20, was reportedly murdered by his brother and cousins on Tuesday (4 May) after they discovered the Iranian military exempted him from service because of “sexual depravities”. At around 7pm on Tuesday evening,…

BLACK TRANS WOMAN KERI WASHINGTON KILLED IN FLORIDA

Keri Washington, 49, of Clearwater, Fla., has become the latest victim of the epidemic of violence against transgender women. Washington was found dead Saturday morning in back of an apartment building in Clearwater, according to local media, many of which misgendered her and used a different spelling of her first name. The reports did not…

THREE MORE TRANS OR GENDER-NONCONFORMING AMERICANS KILLED IN U.S.

From left: Jahaira DeAlto Balenciaga, Iris Santos, and Tiffany Thomas At least three more transgender or gender-nonconforming Americans, all people of color, have died by violence in recent days. Jahaira DeAlto Balenciaga, 42, an activist and a legend in the Boston ballroom scene, was stabbed to death Sunday in her home in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood. A…

BLACK TRANS WOMAN JAIDA PETERSON KILLED IN NORTH CAROLINA

Jaida Peterson, who was Black and transgender, was found dead in a hotel room in North Carolina on Sunday, April 4. But it took time for the transgender community to be aware of her passing because she was misgendered and deadnamed in local media. Police arrived at a hotel in Charlotte that day at 1:45…

DOMINIQUE LUCIOUS, BLACK TRANS WOMAN, KILLED IN MISSOURI

Dominque Lucious, a 26-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot to death Thursday in Springfield, Mo. This is at least the 13th violent death of a trans, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. this year. Charles Nelson, 28, was arrested the same day, and he is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, the Springfield…

FAMILY OF BULLIED GAY TEEN WHO KILLED HIMSELF IS SUING SCHOOL DISTRICT

The parents of a Huntsville, Ala., teen who killed himself in 2019 after being bullied at school for being gay are now suing that school district, reports AL.com, a website for several Alabama newspapers. Relatives of Nigel Shelby, who was 14 when he died, hope to prove that the school is responsible for civil rights violations and Shelby’s…

BLACK TRANS WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN TEXAS CANAL

A 24-year-old Black transgender woman was found dead in a canal in Port Arthur, Texas, on March 18, the Port Arthur Police Department told Gay City News. Aidelen Evans was a homeless woman from Beaumont, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles from the canal in Port Arthur — at 3700 block of Savannah Avenue —…