Charm Wilson was a 32 year old Black trans woman living in Cleveland. On Thursday September 8, 2023, she was struck and killed by a car in her hometown. The driver was taken into police custody, but there is no word on charges being filed. The media has misgendered and deadnamed Charm.
Charm was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of Shaw High School, she attended Cuyahoga Community College. On social media, Charm followed showed interest in photography and art, followed several prominent Black public figures, and liked the musician Dishikiii. Her friends speak of her vibrancy and enthusiasm, her tendency to embrace life with intensity.
A balloon release was held on September 14 by her family; her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2023 in Bedford Heights. Visitation will be the night before.
Charm is the 18th trans or gender nonconforming person whose violent death has been reported in 2023. She is the 14th trans person of color, the 12th Black trans person, the ninth Black trans woman, the 11th trans woman, and the 11th trans woman of color whose death have been recorded in the United States this year. Reported* is an important distinction to make as we know there are more folx whose deaths go unacknowledged.
Rest in power, Charm. You deserved a long life filled with with peace and happiness. I am sorry we didn’t create a safer world for you to be your authentic self, not even to safely walk across a street. Thank you for all the gifts you brought to this world.
May your memory be a revolution.
This is our list of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming neighbors who have been victims of the campaign of terror in 2023. Please do not copy, modify, or share this list without attribution.
- Jasmine ‘Star’ Mack – District of Columbia, January 7, 2023. Age 36.
- KC Johnson – Wilmington, North Carolina, January 13, 2023. Age 27.
- Tortuguita – Weelaunee Forest, Georgia, January 18, 2023. Age 26.
- Unique Banks – Chicago, Illinois, January 23, 2023. Age 21.
- Zachee Imanitwitaho – Louisville, Kentucky, February 3, 2023. Age 26.
- Maria Jose Rivera Rivera – Houston, Texas, January 21, 2023. Age 22.
- Cashay Henderson – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 27, 2023. Age 31.
- Tasiyah ‘Siyah’ Woodland – Mechanicsville, Maryland, March 24, 2023. Age 18
- Ashley Burton – Atlanta, Georgia, April 11, 2023. Age 37.
- Rasheeda Williams – Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 2023. Age 35.
- Banko Brown – San Francisco, California, April 27, 2023. Age 24.
- Ashia Davis – Detroit, Michigan, June 2, 2023. Age 34.
- Chanell Perez Ortiz – Carolina, Puerto Rico, June 25, 2023. Age 29.
- Jacob Williamson – Pageland, South Carolina, July 4, 2023, Age 18.
- Camdyn Rider – Winter Haven, Florida, July 21, 2023. Age 21
- .Kylie Monali – Riverside, California, September 7, 2022, Reported September 2023.
- DéVonnie J’Rae Johnson – Los Angeles, California, August 7, 2023. Age 27.
- Thomas ‘Tom-Tom’ Robinson – Calumet, Indiana, August 17, 2023. Age 28.
- Charm Wilson – Cleveland, Ohio, September 8, 2023. Age 32.