24-Year-Old Black Trans Woman Tiara Banks Fatally Shot in Chicago

Tiara Banks

24-year-old Black trans woman Tiara Banks is the most recent victim of fatal violence in the transgender community. Tiara was shot to death on April 21 in Chicago.  [At 10:30 PM] the 12000 block of South Indiana Avenue. Police said a woman was sitting alone in a Ford Fusion when someone came up and shot […]

24-Year-Old Black Latinx Trans Woman Murdered in San Jose

Natalia Smut Lopez

  Natalia Smüt Lopez was a 24-year-old Black Latinx trans woman was murdered by a man she was dating near her home in San Jose, California on Friday, April 23, 2021. From Planettransgender: The Milpitas Police Department responded to a 911 call on April 23rd made by a male who identified himself as Elijah Cruz […]

28-Year-Old Black Trans Woman Remy Fennell Murdered in Charlotte

Remy Fennell

  Philadelphia native and Black trans woman Remy Fennell is the most recent victim of fatal violence targeting the transgender community. She was 28-years-old. Remy had relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina where she pursued a career in hair styling as ‘Remy Kreations.’ It appears that Remy also supported herself with sex work. On April 15, […]

Black Trans Woman Jaida Peterson, 29, Murdered in Charlotte, North Carolina

Jaida Peterson

Jaida Peterson was a 29-year-old Black trans woman living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her death on April 4, 2021 makes her the 15th transgender or gender nonconforming neighbor to be killed this year. From WCCB Charlotte (misgendering and deadnaming at site)   The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating a homicide after finding an unresponsive person […]

Body of 19-year-old Chicago Black Trans Woman Found in June 2020, Finally Identified in April 2021

On June 6, 2020, the body of an unidentified young Black trans person was found in an abandoned building at 7908 S Laflin in Chicago. Koko Nia Labeija was born 29 May 2001 in Chicago where she grew up. She attended Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School The school held a memorial event this past […]

Black Trans Woman Dominique Lucious, 26, is the 14th Victim of Transphobic Homicide

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, a 26-year-old Black trans woman named Dominique Lucious was murdered in Springfield, Missouri. From KY3 television (deadnaming at original article); [She] was fatally shot Thursday morning in the 900 block of North Main Avenue. Officers responded to heard gunshot fire just before 7 a.m. Police say the victim died after […]

Q&A With Raymond Robinson, Candidate for Magisterial District Judge 05-02-42

Raymond Robinson

My work with youth showed me how the experiences of different groups vary even when engaging in similar behaviors. I have seen how young girls are often treated more harshly by paternalistic judges than male counterparts.  Similarly, I’ve seen how the experiences of black youth look drastically different than white youth regarding behaviors in schools. […]

24-Year-Old Black Trans Woman, Aidelen Evans, Found Dead in Port Arthur, Texas

Aidelen Evans

Rest in power, Aidelen.  Aidelen Evans’ body was found at 7:19 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in a canal in Arthur, Texas. Port Arthur is about 90 miles east of Houston and home to the largest oil refinery in the United States, Motiva. Police responded to phone calls reporting the discovery of her body. […]

26-Year-Old Trans Latina Rayanna Pardo Killed In Los Angeles

Rayanna Pardo

Her name was Rayanna Pardo.  A 26-year-old Latina Trans woman was killed by a driver who struck her with their vehicle on St. Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles. Family and friends believe she was being harassed by a crowd of people, including her then-boyfriend who allegedly pushed into the path of the oncoming car. Reports […]

23-year-old Black Trans Woman Shot to Death in Cincinnati

Diamond Kyree Sanders

She was 23-years-old, born and raised in Cincinnati. On March 3, she became the latest Black trans woman murdered in the U.S. Her name was Diamond Kyree Sanders. She also was known as Diamond Nicole. Cincinnati police responded to a report of a person shot on Morrison Avenue around 3:42 a.m., according to a Wednesday […]