20-Year-Old Black Trans Woman Taya Ashton Shot Dead in Maryland

A 20-year-old Black transgender woman, Taya Ashton, has become the latest victim in the violent epidemic of murder targeting the transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming community. Tavahn Ashton of Suitland in Prince George’s County, Maryland was pronounced dead on Saturday, July 17, 2021. On July 17, 2021, at approximately 9:55 pm, officers responded to an […]

Maria Montaño Challenges Social Norms, Political Structures as ‘Best Thirst Trap’ Nominee in Pgh City Paper Best of Pittsburgh Awards

For so long, trans women and our bodies have been sold as objects under capitalism. This has led to our marginalization – and the belief that we are nothing but sexual deviants is directly related to the way we are demonized by so many. Capitalism has deprived us of our humanity, and our own sexual […]

SisTers PGH to protest Black trans exclusion from Sen. Casey’s Pride Month celebration.

For previous Bob Casey inclusion issues, check out this 2017 post I wrote. Senator Bob Casey Excludes Black Trans Voices From Pride Event 6/29/2021 This afternoon, Sen. Bob Casey will be hosting a Pride Month celebration featuring special guest and hometown icon Billy Porter, among others. Panelists at this event are supposed to be discussing […]

UpStairs Lounge, Pulse Nightclub, and 941 Saloon – Intersections of Racial Justice, Trauma, and Identity

In the summer of 2020, a group of activists protested the racist dress code of a local LGBTQ owned bar and restaurant called the 941 Saloon. It was a situation that required a response because this racist dress code disproportionately impacted QTPOC.With the closure of so many LGBTQ owned bars and restaurants, finding a comfortable […]

23-year-old Black Trans Man EJ Boykin aka Novaa Watson Dies from Gunshot Wound

On Monday, June 14, 23-year-old Black trans man EJ Boykin also known as Novaa Watson died in Lynchburg, Virginia from a gunshot wound. From The News & Advance: Officers responded to the parking lot outside the Family Dollar on Fort Avenue at about 6 p.m. Monday for reports of a malicious wounding, LPD previously said […]

What Happened to Poe Black, a 21-year-old Trans Man Killed in Slab City, California?

The body of 21-year-old Poe Black was discovered in the Sonoran Desert on May 11, 2021 near Slab City in Niland, California. Also known as Oliver Jackson, Poe was a resident of Slab City, an unincorporated collection of camps frequently occupied by homeless folks and others who purposefully chose to live outside of conventional communities. […]

35-Year-Old Trans South Carolinian Thomas Hardin Murdered During Killing Spree

The story of Thomas Hardin’s death is nuanced, complicated, and frightening. The frightening element is in most part because the man who is believed to have killed him and four other people in two states is armed and on the run. According to family, friends, and law enforcement, Thomas Hardin identified as a woman. But […]

Black Trans Woman Serenity Hollis, 24, Killed in Albany, Georgia

Serenity Hollis

Note: this post originally listed the wrong date, a date in the future. The correct date is May 8, 2021. I apologize for the confusion.  Serenity Hollis, a 24-year-old Black trans woman, was murdered in Albany, Georgia on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Her family believes it may have been a hate crime and local police […]

36-year-old Latina Trans Woman Sophie Vasquez Killed in Atlanta Suburbs

May 4, 2021 is now the deadliest day of the year 2021 with three transgender or gender-nonconforming persons murdered. Sophie Vasquez was a 36-year-old transgender Latina living in Atlanta. Her death is the third on that date, alongside Danny Henson in Baltimore and Whispering Wind Bear Spirit in York, Pennsylvania. From Project Q: Sophie Vasquez […]

Black Trans Woman Danny Henson, 31, Murdered in Baltimore

  Reporting on another homicide involving a Black trans woman, the second report today.  Her name was Danny Henson and she also went by Pryynce Daniel. She was killed Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Around 2:30 a.m., Baltimore Police responded to a home in the 3100 block of Williston Street for an unresponsive […]