Body of 34-Year-Old Trans Woman Jenna Franks Found in North Carolina Community

Her name was Jenna Franks. On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the body of 34-year-old Jenna Franks was discovered in Jacksonville, North Carolina. From The Daily News (misgendering and deadnaming at that link): According to a news release from JPD, Jacksonville City Street personnel were clearing the ditch area when they saw a body located in the […]

Correction: Three Young Trans Folx Were Murdered in Western Pennsylvania This Past Week

Jasmine Cannady

Earlier this week, we reported on the tragic shooting death of 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady and younger brother, Jeffrey ‘JJ’ Bright, in Ambridge, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. At that time, we noted that JJ identified as a trans male teen, having begun his transition at age 12. He was 16 at the time of his death. Since […]

16-Year-Old Trans Male and Older Sibling Shot to Death by Mother in Western Pennsylvania

Jasmine Jeffrey Bright

Another tragedy involving a trans neighbor unfolded Monday, February 22 in Ambridge, Beaver County, Pennsylvania when a 48-year-old mother shot both of her young adult children in the head, killing them at the scene inside the family home. 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady and younger brother, 16-year-old Jeffery ‘JJ’ Bright died. JJ has been repeatedly misgendered and […]

24-year-old Latinx Trans Woman Chynaa Carrillo Killed in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Chynaa Carillo

  Her name was Chynaa Carrillo. She was a 24-year-old Latina trans woman. On Thursday, February 18, she was murdered by a man who was so intent on beating her to death that he refused police commands to stop and ended being killed himself. Her family told the media that Chynaa had recently started dating […]

Black Trans Woman Alexus ‘Kimmy’ Braxton, 45, Killed in Miami

Kimmy Braxton

Alexus Braxton, also known as Kimmy Icon Braxton, was killed in Miami on February 4, 2020.  Police discovered Braxton’s body at approximately 10:31 p.m at the California Club Condominiums at 915 North East 199 Street, the Miami-Dade Police Department told Gay City News. Gay City News reports The department usually releases more details about the […]

21-Year-Old Black Trans Woman Shot to Death in Baton Rouge

Fifty Bandzzz

She was 21 when her 20-year-old boyfriend shot her multiple times inside a parked car in Baton Rouge. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement and media are using her deadname and misgendering her, but friends on social media say she was known as Fifty Bandz. Her name was spelled various ways across […]

Black Trans Woman Bianca ‘Muffin’ Bankzy Murdered in Atlanta

Muffin Bankz

From Planettransgender comes word of the death of yet another young Black trans woman.   Bianca “Muffin” Bankz was 31 years old.     Bianca “Muffin” Bankz a trans woman of color was found murdered in her apartment Sunday, January 17, 2021. Details surrounding her death are murky, but friends say but that her life was taken […]

28-year-old Black Trans Chicago Woman is First Reported Victim of Homicide in 2021

Black Trans Woman

From Brave Space Alliance in Chicago: Davarea Alexander, 28, also known as Tyianna, was shot to death in the early morning hours in the 800 block of West 75th, Ashburn neighborhood, South Side on January 6, 2021. Officers were called just before 5 a.m. to the 800 block of West 75th Street, where two people […]

Q&A Election 2020: Terrance McGeorge of Project Matters

Terrance McGeorge Pittsburgh

This is a new limited-Q&A series focusing on Election Day. I’ve approached an array of regional folks to ask them the same seven questions about the election. This election is complicated in ways we never thought possible, but there are paths forward. Listening to what our neighbors are prioritizing and how they are framing the […]

22-year-old Latina Trans Woman Marilyn Cazares Killed in Southern California

Marilyn Cazares was a 22-year-old trans Latina when her body was discovered in an abandoned residential building on Tuesday, July 13, 2020 in Brawley, California. Brawley police are treating her death as a homicide even without releasing much information. Marilyn’s was discovered when authorities responded to a nearby couch fire. Local media, police, and Marilyn’s […]