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 of her vehicle near a College Park apartment complex in Atlanta. She was transported to the hospital where she died.
Blogger and trans activist Monica Roberts writes:
This comes just days after a rally was held in the ATL expressing support for the transgender community.. She is the 16th trans woman of color murdered in the United States this year, the 14th African American trans woman killed in 2017, and most infuriating to me, was under age 40.
This also comes in the wake of the transphobic comments of the so called ‘comedian’ Lil Duval expressing his ‘kill the t—-y’ sentiments on the syndicated the Breakfast Club show.
Anti-trans hate thoughts + anti-trans hate speech = anti-trans hate violence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact College Park PD Tip LIne at 404-768-8664. Police do not have any leads yet according to media reports.
No word yet on final arrangements yet.
Rest in power, Tee Tee. Your life mattered. You deserved so much more from us. May we honor your life and death by working harder to stop this violence and lift up trans neighbors.
The list of trans women killed in 2017 thus far.
- Mesha Caldwell – Mississippi (January 4), 41 years old
- Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow – Sioux Falls (January 7), 28 years old
- JoJo Striker – Toledo, Ohio (February 8), 23 years old
- KeKe Collier – Chicago (February 21), 24 years old
- Chyna Gibson – New Orleans (February 25), 31 years old
- Ciara McElveen – New Orleans (February 27), 26 years old
- Jaquarrius Holland (Brown) – Monroe, Louisiana (February 19), 18 years old
- Alphonza Watson – Baltimore (March 22), 38 years old
- Chay Reed – Miami-Dade (April 19), 28 years old
- Brenda Bostick – New York City (April 25), 59 years old
- Sherrell Faulkner – Charlotte, NC (May 16), 46 years old
- Kenne McFadden – San Antonio (June 6), 27 years old
- Josie Berrios – Ithaca, NY (June 13), 28 years old
- Ava Le’Ray Barrin – Athens, GA (June 25), 17 years old
- Ebony Monroe – Lynchburg, VA (July 2), 28 years old
- Tee Tee Dangerfield – Atlanta, GA (July 31), 32 years old
Resources in Western Pennsylvania that can use your donation to support black trans women and/or offer supports & services to those who need them. This list is not comprehensive. TransPride Pittsburgh is an umbrella group and the best lead for referrals to other organizations. If you are angry or sad, throw some support the way of these fine folks to help. It matters if you invest $5 right now.
- TransPride Pittsburgh
- Garden of Peace
- Sisters Pgh
- Persad Center
- GLCC of Pittsburgh
- Black Femme Excellence Co
- Erie Sisters & Brothers Transgender Support Group
- Transfamily of NWPA