Black Trans Woman Brandi Seals is the 25th Transgender Person Reported Murdered in 2017

 

She was 26 years old. Her name was Brandi Seals. She lived in Houston, Texas. She was a black trans woman. And she is now the 25th transgender person to be murdered in the US during 2017.

According to reports from Houston media, it was just around 6 a.m. Wednesday, December 13,  when neighbors heard gunshots. This particular report misgenders and deadnames Brandi.

Monica herself is a black trans woman who lives in Houston. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for her, but I don’t have to imagine because she is upfront and outspoken about this ongoing violence targeting her community. If you are outraged, I urge you to start following her on Twitter and reading her blog.

Rest in power, Brandi. Your life was beautiful and you deserve to be honored in death. You deserve better.

The list of trans people killed in 2017 thus far. Note that people have different numbers based on different factors. The most important thing that unites us all is that we want the violence to stop. We need to keep asking ‘Where is the outrage?’
  1. Mesha Caldwell – Mississippi (January 4), 41 years old
  2. Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow – Sioux Falls (January 7), 28 years old
  3. JoJo Striker – Toledo, Ohio (February 8), 23 years old
  4. KeKe Collier – Chicago (February 21), 24 years old
  5. Chyna Gibson – New Orleans (February 25), 31 years old
  6. Ciara McElveen – New Orleans (February 27), 26 years old
  7. Jaquarrius Holland (Brown) – Monroe, Louisiana (February 19), 18 years old
  8. Alphonza Watson – Baltimore (March 22), 38 years old
  9. Chay Reed – Miami-Dade (April 19), 28 years old
  10. Brenda Bostick – New York City (April 25), 59 years old
  11. Sherrell Faulkner – Charlotte, NC (May 16), 46 years old
  12. Kenne McFadden – San Antonio (June 6), 27 years old
  13. Josie Berrios – Ithaca, NY (June 13), 28 years old
  14. Ava Le’Ray Barrin – Athens, GA (June 25), 17 years old
  15. Ebony Monroe – Lynchburg, VA (July 2), 28 years old
  16. Tee Tee Dangerfield – Atlanta, GA (July 31), 32 years old
  17. Gwynevere River Song – Waxahachie, TX (August 12), 26 years old
  18. Kiwi Herring – St. Louis (August 22), 30 years old
  19. Kashmire Redd – Gates, NY ( September 4), 28 years old
  20. Derricka Banner – Charlotte, NC (September 12), 26 years old
  21. Ally Steinfeld – Texas County, MO (September 4*), 17 years old – date still to be confirmed
  22. Stephanie Montez – Robstown, TX (October 21), 47 years old
  23. Candace Towns – Macon, GA (October 31), 30 years old
  24. Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson – Oklahoma City, OK (November 27), 31 years old
  25. Brandi Seals – Houston, TX (December 13), 26 years old