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 —…

TRANS WOMAN KILLED BY L.A. MOTORIST WAS FLEEING ATTACKERS, FAMILY SAYS

A transgender Latinx woman died when struck by a car after being harassed last week in Los Angeles, and friends, family, and activists say her death should be investigated as a murder and a hate crime. Rayanna Pardo, 26, was killed on the city’s east side Wednesday night, L.A. TV station KCBS reports. Security video shows her…

THE VATICAN SAYS CATHOLIC CHURCH CAN NOT BLESS SAME-SEX UNIONS

The Catholic Church issued a statement today declaring it does not have the power to bless same-sex unions. The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the church’s office on matters of orthodoxy, today issued a two-page Responsum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which explained that while members of the LGBTQ+ community are welcome…

TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN CINCINNATI AMID STRING OF RECENT MURDERS

A Black transgender woman from Clifton, Ohio, was killed early this month, marking the latest in several murders of transgender individuals in recent weeks. According to a press release from the Cincinnati Police Department, Diamond “Kyree” Sanders, 23, was shot on March 3 near the Clifton Colony Apartments at 3200 block of Morrison Avenue. Authorities…

TRANSGENDER WOMAN CHYNA CARRILLO BEATEN TO DEATH IN PENNSYLVANIA

A Latinx transgender woman was beaten to death in Pennsylvania by a man who’d been imprisoned for killing his wife. Police were called Thursday to a house in New Wilmington Borough, where they found a man beating Chyna Carrillo with a blunt object, local paper New Castle News reports. They ordered the man to cease, but he…

BLACK TRANS WOMEN KILLED IN LOUISIANA & FLORIDA

Two Black transgender women, one living in Florida and another in Louisiana, were killed within the last week.  Alexus Braxton, also known as Kimmy Icon Braxton, was killed in Miami on February 4, while Fifty Bandz was shot to death in Baton Rouge on January 28. Police discovered Braxton’s body at approximately 10:31 p.m at the…

BLACK TRANS WOMEN SHOT TO DEATH IN GEORGIA & MISSISSIPPI

Black transgender women were shot to death in Georgia and Mississippi in January, meaning that at least four trans Americans have died by violence in the first month of the year. Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, 30, was fatally shot in her apartment in Atlanta January 17, but media reports of her death have come out in…