Nine QTPOC Killed Nationwide During First 41 Days of 2015

I was at a conference last weekend with 800+ progressives folks from across Pennsylvania. I repeatedly tweeted about the disappearance of Andre Gray, asking my colleagues to share the information. About five did. Then I stood up during the LGBTQ panel to speak his name and ask again for acknowledgement. No one shared it.

Another woman stood up during a session on Ferguson and demanded acknowledgement that queer women of color have been in the forefront of organizing around #blacklivesmatter. I don’t think many people took her up on that. I think they thought it was a request rather than a statement of fact.


QTPOC Matter livesmatter

Lamar Edwards, 20, Louisville, January 9
Lamia Beard, 30, Norfolk on January 17
Candra Keels, 20, Rochester, January 18
Ty Underwood, 24, Tyler TX on January 26
Ashley Belle, 22, Atlanta, January 26
Jessie Hernandez, 17, Denver, January 26
Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, LA on January 31
Taja de Jesus, 36, San Fran February 1
Penny Proud, 21, New Orleans February 10
Lamar Edwards
Lamar Edwards


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Lamia Beard
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Candra Keels
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Ty Underwood
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Ashley Belle
Ashley Belle


Jessie Hernandez
Jessie Hernandez


Yazmin Vash Payne
Yazmin Vash Payne



Taja de Jesus
Taja de Jesus


Penny Proud
Penny Proud. Photo via The Advocate



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