Black Trans Woman Nikai David Fatally Shot in Oakland, California, 50th Trans Victim of 2021

Nikai David

Friends of Nikai David are in shock after learning of her murder this past week. The 33-year-old was a model and aspiring social media influencer who had celebrated her birthday not even a week ago. Police said just after 4 a.m., officers responded to a shooting on Castro Street in West Oakland and found Nikai, […]

Trans Woman Cris Blehar, 65, Murdered in Kentucky in May 2021.

Cris Blehar

Cris Blehar was a 65-year-old white trans woman whose life was taken on May 19, 2021 in the Meade County, Kentucky region. Cris has served our nation and retired from the US Air Force. According to local news, a suspect has been charged with her murder and a trial date has been set for June […]

Black Trans Woman Danyale Johnson, 35, Killed in Memphis

On the literal eve of the Trans Day of Remembrance comes word of another loss, the 48th trans neighbor swept up in the campaign of terror acknowledged on TDoR. A 35-year-old Black trans woman was killed by gunshot on Sunday, November 7 in Memphis, Tennessee. Danyale Johnson was found in a parking lot around 1 […]

Black Trans Woman Angel Naira, 36, Killed in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Angel Naira Transgender

UPDATED On the cusp of the 2021 Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), Western Pennsylvania has lost a fourth trans person to the campaign of terror haunting the lives of our trans, nonbinary, and gendernonconforming neighbors. Angel Naira, 36, was found dead from gunshot injuries in her Aliquippa home in Beaver County. Police responded to a […]

25-Year-Old Trans Latina Jenny De Leon Killed in Tampa, Florida

Jenny De Leon was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She grew up in in Town ‘n Country, Florida and most recently moved to Tampa. Jenny was 25-years-old and in her sister’s words “beginning her life as Jenny.” On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, her body was discovered by Tampa police around 6 AM. They are actively […]

21-Year-Old Trans Man Shot to Death in Puerto Rico

Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín

On January 9, 2021, a Latinx trans man, Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, was murdered Saturday, January 9, in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Damian Valentin was born and raised in San Juan.  He turned 21 in November of last year. His facebook page is filled with ruminations on sexism, politics, pop culture, and more.  Initial reports […]

Trans Woman Michelle Ramos Vargas Found Shot to Death in Puerto Rico

Michelle Ramos Vargas

Puerto Rican authorities announced that a transgender woman was fatally shot on Wednesday, September 30. Her name was Michelle “Michellyn” Ramos Vargas.  She was 33 years old and a nursing student. From The Washington Blade The Associated Press reported the body of Michelle “Michellyn” Ramos Vargas, 33, was found along a highway in San Germán, a municipality […]

Penélope Díaz Ramírez is the Third Trans Woman Murdered in Puerto Rico in Ten Day Period

Just days after reporting on the murders of two Latina teens women in Puerto Rico, we’ve learned of the brutal slaying of a third. Penélope Díaz Ramírez, a 31-year-old trans woman, was beaten and hanged to death at the Bayamon correctional complex, a men’s prison in Puerto Rico. She was murdered on April 13, but […]

Two Trans Latina Women From NYC Murdered in Puerto Rico

Serena Angelique Velazquez, 32, of Queens and Layla Pelaez, 21, of the Bronx were visiting their hometowns in Puerto Rico when they were found dead on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Layla was originally from San Juan. Serena’s Facebook profile identifies her as being both of Russian and Latina origin, fluid in three languages. Their bodies […]

Q&A with Phat Man Dee About Celebrating the Roaring 2020’s, Bisexual Identity, and the Power of Creators

Phat Man Dee Roaring 20s

One of our favorite people, Phat Man Dee, is hosting a fete to celebrate the roaring 20’s. It looks like a lot of fun so we asked her to answer a few questions and that led to this Q&A. Phat Man Dee’s Roaring 2020’s * Friday January 31, 2020 * The Oaks Theater Your Name: […]