30 year old Black Trans Choreographer Killed in Milwaukee

Chyna Long
Chyna Long via Facebook

A Black trans woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin named Chyna Long, was shot to death in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 8. She was 30 years old.

The Crime

According to WISN:

In the early morning, Milwaukee police say they’re investigating a fatal shooting that resulted in an unidentified victim dying at the scene. It happened around 7:45 a.m. near 89th and Dogwood Street.

Investigators continue to search for a suspect and have not named a motive in the homicide.

As has been noted before, initial media and police reports misgendered Chyna.

Police say they’re still searching for a shooter. Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-Tips.

Honoring Chyna

Chyna was born in Milwaukee and spent some time in Atlanta where she previously attended Atlanta International School. She was a choreographer. Her father Jonathan Long told NBC affiliate TMJ4 that his child was passionate about dance. “She is a choreographer,” he said. “Since 18 years old, kids came to the house, girls by droves, and she would teach them dancing.”

Furthermore, Chyna’s social media mixes personal updates with shares of the musical artists and mavens who inspired her as well as the music she loved. She also posted images of her many different hair styles.

Recently, on October 12, her family organized a vigil. Moreover, they set up a GoFundMe to help with her final expenses. According to Them, Chyna’s aunt told mourners that the entire family had been harassed by others for years over her trans identity, and additionally that her killing may have been a hate crime. “We’d get it all the time. And we would just ignore it,” Gipson recalled.

Thus, Chyna is the 29th trans or gender nonconforming person whose violent death has been reported in 2023. She is the 24th trans person of color, the 16th Black trans person, the 16th Black trans woman, the 18th trans woman, and the 15th 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, Chyna. You moved through this world with energy, grace, and beauty. Thank you for moving us all forward to a better reality, but the loss of you is not a price we are willing to pay. I am so sorry we did not create a world to protect and cherish you. Your family and friends will honor and celebrate your memory. We will all seek justice in your name.

May your memory be a revolution.

This is our list

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.

  1. Jasmine ‘Star’ Mack – District of Columbia, January 7, 2023. Age 36.
  2. KC Johnson – Wilmington, North Carolina, January 13, 2023. Age 27.
  3. Tortuguita – Weelaunee Forest, Georgia, January 18, 2023. Age 26.
  4. Unique Banks – Chicago, Illinois, January 23, 2023. Age 21.
  5. Zachee Imanitwitaho – Louisville, Kentucky, February 3, 2023. Age 26.
  6. Maria Jose Rivera Rivera – Houston, Texas, January 21, 2023. Age 22.
  7. Cashay Henderson – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 27, 2023. Age 31.
  8. Tasiyah ‘Siyah’ Woodland – Mechanicsville, Maryland, March 24, 2023. Age 18.
  9. Ashley Burton – Atlanta, Georgia, April 11, 2023. Age 37.
  10. Rasheeda Williams – Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 2023. Age 35.
  11. Banko Brown – San Francisco, California, April 27, 2023. Age 24.
  12. Ashia Davis – Detroit, Michigan, June 2, 2023. Age 34
  13. Chanell Perez Ortiz – Carolina, Puerto Rico, June 25, 2023. Age 29.
  14. Jacob Williamson – Pageland, South Carolina, July 4, 2023, Age 18.
  15. Camdyn Rider – Winter Haven, Florida, July 21, 2023. Age 21.
  16. Kylie Monali – Riverside, California, September 7, 2022, Reported September 2023.
  17. DéVonnie J’Rae Johnson – Los Angeles, California, August 7, 2023. Age 27.
  18. Thomas ‘Tom-Tom’ Robinson – Calumet, Indiana, August 17, 2023. Age 28.
  19. Charm Wilson – Cleveland, Ohio, September 8, 2023. Age 32.
  20. Bre’Asia Bankz – Arizona, September 5, 2023. Age 27.
  21. Alexa Sokova – Palm Bay, Florida, September 5, 2023. Age 30.
  22. YOKO – New Orleans Louisiana, September 19, 2023. Age 30.
  23. Codii Lawrence – Weirton, West Virginia, September 5, 2023. Age 25.
  24. Unidentified Person – Dallas, Texas,. July 2023. Age unknown
  25. Unidentified Person – Eugene, Oregon, August 10, 2023. Age unknown.
  26. Luis Ángel Díaz Castro – San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 12, 2023. Age 22.
  27. Thaddeus ‘Tad’ Keegan Bradley – Mendocino, California, Sept 21st, 2021. Reported April 27, 2023.
  28. Sherlyn Marjorie – Albuquerque, Nex Mexico, September 17, 2023. Age 35.
  29. Chyna Long – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 8, 2023. Age 20.
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