21-YEAR-OLD TRANS WOMAN AMAREY LEJ KILLED IN PITTSBURGH

Police in Pittsburgh have launched an investigation into the death of a woman who a local LGBTQ+ advocacy group has identified as 21-year-old Amarey Lej. Authorities told local TV station KDKA they responded to calls of a body lying in the street in the Wilkinsburg area of the city around 6 a.m. on January 1. The victim…

MARQUIISHA LAWRENCE’S MURDER MAKES 2021 DEADLIEST YEAR FOR TRANS PEOPLE

Black transgender woman Marquiisha Lawrence, 28, was shot to death on November 4 in Greenville, South Carolina. She is one of at least 45 trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people known to have died by violence in the U.S. this year, which surpasses the record set last year of 44 deaths. Much more undoubtedly go unreported or misreported. Lawrence was…

⚧ BLACK TRANS WOMAN ROYAL POETICAL STARZ KILLED IN FLORIDA 😢

Black transgender woman Royal Poetical Starz, 26, was shot to death October 2 in Miami Gardens, Fla. She is one of at least 40 trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people known to have died by violence in the U.S. this year, approaching 2020’s record total of 44. Many more deaths undoubtedly go unreported or misreported. Starz, who lived…

⚧ BLACK TRANS MAN MEL GROVES SHOT TO DEATH IN MISSISSIPPI 😢

Mel Groves, a 25-year-old Black transgender man, died Monday in Jackson, Miss., after having been shot multiple times. Groves drove himself to Merit Health Hospital in Jackson and collapsed while getting out of his vehicle, Jackson’s Clarion Ledger reports. He was transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he died. The Jackson Police Department is…

⚧ KIÈR SOLOMON, TEXAN BLACK TRANS WOMAN, SHOT TO DEATH IN CAR 😢

Kièr Solomon, a 21-year-old Black transgender woman, was found fatally shot in her car at an apartment complex in Arlington, Texas, Thursday night, making her at least the 38th trans American to die by violence this year. Solomon, who was also known as Kiér Laprí Kartier, was in the driver’s seat with the door open…

GAY MAN DIES @ RIKERS WHILE HELD UNDER $1 BAIL; FAMILY SEEKS ANSWERS

The family of 24-year-old Esias “Izzy” Johnson is seeking answers after the gay man died at New York’s Rickers Island prison September 7. Johnson’s family says jail officials ignored his pleas for help. He’d spent a month trying to get out of jail on a $1 bail, according to Gay City News. Twelve people, including Johnson,…