Derricka Banner, 26, is the 20th Trans Person Murdered in 2017

She was 26 years old, a black trans woman living in Lenoir, North Carolina. Originally from New York City, she had studied at Caldwell Community College. She previously worked for Wal-Mart and was working most recently with Tyson Foods. She was known to some friends as Ms Bow Wow and sometimes Derricka Lashae. According to […]

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Ashley Ugolotti, 27, Deserves to Be Remembered For Her Whole Self

I have written so many ‘In Memoriam’ blog posts over the years, that I’ve asked a graphic design friend to create a suitable image I can use in lieu of generic images. Then I burst into tears because that feels so terrible, even though it feels equally necessary. This came to mind last week when […]

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Kashmire Redd, 28, is 19th Trans Person Killed in 2017

Kashmire Redd

I just read this on TransGriot where Monica Roberts reports that a 28 year old black trans man, Kashmire Redd, was stabbed multiple times by his partner and succumbed to those injuries. This happened in Gates, New York, a suburb of Rochester. Kashmire is the 19th trans person killed this year. 40 year old Doris Carrasquillo […]

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Kiwi Herring, 30, is the 18th Trans Person Killed in 2017 #SayHerName

Kiwi Herring

Kiwi Herring was a Black trans woman from St. Louis. She died after being shot by police at 8 AM on Tuesday, August 22 outside an apartment complex. Police were responding to a domestic call. According to police, Kiwi had a knife when they entered the apartment in response to the call. She allegedly slashed […]

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Update on the Memorial for Gwynevere River Song Including Link to Donate

Nell from TransPride Initiative has shared a few updates with me. Gwyn’s friends and mother have confirmed that Gwyn mostly used ‘she/her’ pronouns, but was fine with ‘they/them.’  Gwyn’s Facebook profile showed ‘they’ as their preference, but that may have been dated information. The memorial for Gwyn is set for Monday, August 21, 2 PM […]

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Tee Tee Dangerfield is the 16th Trans Woman Murdered in 2017

There’s no way to sugarcoat another update in the pandemic of violence against trans women. That sentiment is reinforced with the news that 32-year-old trans woman Tee Tee Dangerfield is the 16th known transgender individual murdered in the US during 2017. Tee Tee was an Atlanta resident. She was found with multiple gunshot wounds outside […]

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Ebony Morgan is 15th Trans Woman of Color Murdered in 2017

Lynchburg, Virginia was the home of 28-year-old Ebony Morgan as well as the location where she died from a gunshot wound on Sunday, July 2. Ebony is the 15th trans woman of color and the 13th Black trans woman to be murdered in the US in 2017. According to the Lynchburg media, police responded to […]

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Please Support the Four Children of Kala Thomas #SayHerName

I blogged yesterday about the devastating murder of a 25 year-old local mother of four, Kala Thomas. She leaves behind two sets of twins, 8 years old and 3 months old. Her family has established two sources for donations to support the children. If you can donate, please do so. The children lost their mother. […]

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