Black Trans Woman Bre’Asia Bankz Shot to Death in Arizona

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Bre’Asai Bankz was born and raised in Crossett, Arkansas. She moved with her family first to Los Vegas and then to Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Crossett High School, she went on to study at the University of Arkansas and then studied hair styling at Beauty Education. At age 27, her life ended at […]

32 Year Old Black Trans Woman Charm Wilson Killed in Cleveland

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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 […]

28 Year Old Black Gender Nonconforming Person Killed

A 28-year-old Black gender nonconforming person was the victim of a fatal gunshot injury on Thursday, August 17, 2023 in Indiana. Thomas ‘Tom-Tom’ Robertson died at the scene, a victim of a shooting targeting someone else. Calumet City police were responding to the 300 block of Paxton Avenue for a ShotSpotter alert at 11:45 p.m. when someone […]

27 Year Old Black Trans Woman DéVonnie J’Rae Johnson Killed in Los Angeles

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In a storyline reminiscent of the shooting death of a trans teen in a Walgreens, a 29-year-old Black trans woman who was reportedly homeless was shot to death by a security guard in a Los Angeles grocery store. Black trans woman DéVonnie J’Rae Johnson was shot to death in Los Angeles, CA on Aug. 7, […]

Trans Woman Killed in 2022 While Incarcerated, Family Files Lawsuit

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The murder of a 41-year-old Nepali trans woman incarcerated in California in 2022 has come to light after her parents filed a lawsuit against the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. From HRC, I learned that Kylie Monali was a 41-year-old trans woman who, according to news sources, was killed in prison by her cellmate on September 7, […]

29-Year-Old Afro-Latina Trans Woman Shot to Death in Puerto Rico

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A 29-year-old Afro-Latina trans woman Chanell Perez Ortiz was killed over the weekend in the city of Carolina in northern Puerto Rico. Chanell was also known as Uvita, an endearment, among her friends and family. Sources close to the victim confirm that she identified as Afro-Latina and as a trans woman. She was shot to […]

Q&A With Kejuan, 16, Sharing Her Trans Joy On-Stage With Billy Porter in Pittsburgh

I believe it was an example of trans joy because I could just show the world who I was.  I think trans joy means that any trans person can express themselves freely without being judged for who they are. It also means that they celebrate their pride and the beauty of their bodies.  One of […]

Update in Murders of Trans Folx in the US: Part Two

In early April, I published an update on the investigations into the killing of trans neighbors here in the US in 2023, to date. I’m updating now. In April, we had reported on the deaths of eight individuals, today we have It is important for us to follow these stories and push for justice. Justice […]

Black Trans Woman Ashia Davis Killed in Detroit

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The reported killing of a 34-year-old Black trans woman in Detroit highlights the violence and anti-trans sentiments permeating the 2023 Pride season in the United States and beyond. Ashia Davis – also known as Asia Davis – died early Friday morning on the second day of Pride month. According to CBS Detroit Highland Park police […]

Black Trans Man Banko Brown, 24, Shot to Death by Walgreens Security Guard in San Francisco

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Banko Brown, a 24-year-old Black trans man, is the most recent reported victim of anti-trans violence after he was fatally shot by a security guard in a San Francisco Walgreens. Banko used the surnames Brown and Paso. At approximately 6:33 p.m., SFPD officers from Tenderloin Station responded to a report of a shooting at 825 […]