Ballroom Legend, Victim’s Advocate, and Trans Woman of Color Jahaira M. DeAlto Stabbed to Death

Just days after confirmation that the murder rate of trans folx in the United States had surged up to 20 comes word of yet another loss. Activist Jahaira DeAlto died after being stabbed on Sunday. On Sunday, in Boston a 34-year-old man named Marcus Chavis was arrested in connection with murder charges in the death […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

25-Year-Old Black Trans Woman Murdered on Christmas Day in Chicago

Black Trans Woman Chicago

Just a week after writing about the ugly shooting death of a 19-year-old Black gender nonconforming young adult while they were at a Christmas party, I was hopeful there would be no more deaths to cover in 2020. I was wrong about that and in a very terrible way. Another violent murder of a young […]

Selena Reyes Hernandez, 37, was a Latina Trans Woman Murdered in Chicago

Selena Reyes Hernandez was killed on May 31 after spending 20 minutes with her murderer. She was 37 and lived in Chicago. The young man who killed her was an 18 year old high schoo senior. At this point we know more about him than we do about her. From the Chicago Sun Orlando Perez, […]

Q&A with Ali Hoefnagel About Gender Chaos, Queer Art, and Their Show ‘You Can Call Me Al’

Ali Hoefnagel

Next week, the Community Supported Art series presents You Can Call Me Al at the New Hazlett Theater on the Northside. I asked storytelling and artist Ali Hoefnagel to talk with us about their performance. You Can Call Me Al is a long-form story about growing up, getting gay, coming out, living with mental illness, and uncovering family […]

Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier is 22nd Transgender Homicide Victim in 2018

Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier was a 31 year-old Black trans woman living in Chicago. On Wednesday, October 3, she became the 22nd transgender person identified as a homicide victim in the US during 2018. According to local reports, Ciara was stabbed to death by an unknown man. A transgender woman who was found dead with […]

Keke Collier, 24 of Chicago, is 4th Trans Woman of Color Murdered in 2017

Keke Collier also known as Tiara Richmond was a 24 years old black trans woman living in Chicago. She studied medical assistance in college and worked at Hollister. She loved her mother and was grieving her death. She played Bubblewitch and had many friends. She was also the 4th trans woman of color to be […]

Trans Woman Murdered in Chicago on September 11 UPDATED

Trans Woman Murdered Chicago

Updated with T.T.’s full name. T.T. Saffore was 27 years old, according to her friends quoted in a Windy City Times story covering this crime. She was a hair stylist, enjoyed being around children and a support for other trans women in her neighborhood. She had family support. She is also the 20th known trans […]