Updates in Murders of Trans Women Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien & Viccky Gutierrez

We aren’t half way through the first month of 2018, but have already reported on violent murders of two transgender women.  Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, was killed in Massachusetts on Jan. 4, 2018.  On Wednesday, January 10, the body Viccky Gutierrez was found burned in a building in South Los Angeles. Christa was murdered by her […]

Viccky Gutierrez Is the Second Trans Person Reported Murdered in 2018

Friends and family report that Viccky Gutierrez, 33, is the second known victim of homicide in the US during 2018. Wednesday evening, Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO of [email protected] Coalition, announced in a Facebook post the death of Viccky Gutierrez: “It is with deep sadness, rage and pain that I have to share with all of you […]

Robert Traveled From Fayette County to Los Angeles #AMPLIFY

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Name: Robert Hensley Age: 37 County of Residence: I was born and raised in Fayette County; I live in Allegheny and Erie Counties while in college. Now lives in Los Angeles, California.  Preferred Pronouns: Human. I find this dialogue block offensive. It perpetuates labeling. How do you describe your identity? I describe myself as a human being, a person with […]

Mitch, 52, Believes In The Power of Movies to Create Community #AMPLIFY

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Name: Mitch Leib Age: 52 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: he How do you describe your identity? I am a gay man Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I think we all come out in stages. My closest high school friends knew. Others probably assumed. I was pretty much out […]

Vigil Held for Yazmin Vash Payne, Suspect Surrenders

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  Trans neighbors and allies turned out Sunday evening to honor the life of Yazmin Vash Payne (also known as Yazmin Paris), a 33 year old trans woman of color who was found stabbed to death in the middle of an apartment fire.  They were joined by Van Nuys Assemblywoman Patty Lopez.  These photos are […]

UPDATED: Trans Woman of Color Yazmin Vash Payne Murdered Near Los Angeles

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Note: this post has been updated to reflect the preferred name of the victim. Her name is Yazmin Vash Payne. She had previously been identified as Michell Vash Payne and alternately as Yasmine Payne. Some media outlets have posted her old name, but we will not do that. If you have photos of Yazmin, please […]

Trans Woman of Color Killed by Gunshot in LA

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  Deshawnda “Tata” Sanchez was just 21 years old when she was murdered around 4 AM Wednesday morning (December 3) in Los Angeles. From KTLA: “She was definitely at that door, pounding on that door seeking help,” LAPD Detective Christopher Barling said. The occupant of the home came outside after hearing multiple gunshots but it […]

Aniya ‘Asia’ Parker: Another Trans Sister Lost to Violence in Los Angeles

  Aniya Parker courtesy of Parker family I’ve been holding off on this post because the name of the woman was not immediately released. But last night I read that police were having trouble finding family to notify which is just so very sad so I am going to go ahead and post and ask […]