ANOTHER BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN CHICAGO

A Black transgender woman from Chicago was shot to death earlier this month, marking the second recent murder of a trans woman in the city. Davarea Alexander, 28, who was also known as Tyianna, was one of two individuals who were shot and killed near a railroad line at 817 West 75th Street, police told…

MURDER OF GENDER NON-CONFORMING TEEN WAS BROADCAST ON FACEBOOK

Jaheim “Bella” Pugh was just 19 when he was gunned down at a party on Sunday, December 13. Pugh – a gender non-conforming individual who used both he/him and she/her pronouns – was the only fatality among the three people injured in the shooting. Pugh’s family is certain that he was targeted because of his…

LAVERNE COX & FRIENDS SUBJECTED TO ANTI-TRANS ATTACK IN L.A. PARK

Actress Laverne Cox and a friend were attacked by an anti-transgender assailant in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park over the weekend. Cox and her friend, whom she did not name, were having a socially distanced walk in the park Saturday when they were approached by a man who “very aggressively” asked for the time, she recounted…

BLACK TRANS WOMAN SHOT TO DEATH IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

A Black transgender woman was found dead with a gunshot wound inside a vehicle that crashed into a detached garage in Richmond, Virginia, on November 23. It was around 5:42 a.m. three days before Thanksgiving when, Richmond police said, officers found Chae’Meshia Simms, also known as ChaeChae, dead with a gunshot wound in the driver’s…

ARREST MADE IN KILLING, MUTILATION OF PHLADELPHIA TRANS WOMAN

A suspect in the death and mutilation of Philadelphia transgender woman Dominique Rem’mie Fells has been arrested in Los Angeles. Akhenaton Jones, 36, was taken into custody in L.A. Monday night and will be extradited to Philadelphia, according to Philly TV station WCAU. Police had issued a warrant for his arrest in June, a few days after…

INDIANAPOLIS TRANS WOMAN SHOT TO DEATH; 33rd HOMOCIDE THIS YEAR

Another transgender American has died by violence, bringing this year’s total of trans or gender-nonconforming homicide victims in the nation to 33. Sara Blackwood, 29, was shot around 10 p.m. Sunday in Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Star reports. She died shortly afterward at a local hospital. Police said she was apparently walking home from work when she was…

BROOKLY DESHAUNA SMITH IS THE 5th TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN 3 WEEKS

A Black transgender woman was found shot to death in Louisiana last Wednesday, making 2020 the deadliest year for the transgender community. Brooklyn DeShauna Smith, 20, was discovered in her apartment suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to the Shreveport Times. She is the 5th trans person in past three weeks and the 32nd trans…

KILLING OF FELYCYA HARRIS MARKS HARROWING YEAR FOR TRANS FOLKS

Felycya Harris, 33, a Black transgender woman, was shot to death Saturday in Augusta, Georgia. Her body was found at Meadowbrook Park with a single gunshot wound, and police are investigating her death as a homicide. Harris, who was deadnamed and misgendered in the initial police report, is believed to be the 31st known trans…

BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN AERRION BURNETT KILLED IN MISSOURI

Aerrion Burnett, a 37-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot to death Saturday in Independence, Mo., becoming the 27th known trans homicide victim of 2020. Burnett, who lived in nearby Kansas City, was found dead on the side of the road about 3:40 a.m., TV station KMBC reports. It was two days before her 38th birthday. Friends and…