Zoe Spears, 23, is the 10th Black Trans Woman Murdered in the US in 2019

Zoe Spears Transgender

The heartache of her friends and loved ones was raging throughout Facebook today. The news that 23-year-old Zoe Spears had been found by police responding to a welfare check just before midnight on Thursday, June 13 in the Fairmount Heights section of Prince George’s County, Maryland, close to the D.C. line. Zoe had sustained multiple […]

Eli, 37, is a Queer Bisexual, Trans Man, and Small Business Owner #AMPLIFY

Trans Man Lawrenceville

  By telling our stories, we expose others to narratives they may not be familiar with. This includes reaching potential allies, and folks who are struggling with their sexual and gender identities, as well as those who feel isolated because of them. Name: Eli Shumaker Age: 37 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Clinton, Centre counties Pronouns: He/Him […]

Michelle Washington, 40, of Philadelphia is 5th Black Trans Woman to be Murdered in 2019

Tameka Michelle Simone

Early Sunday morning, Michelle Washington (also known as Michelle Simone and Tameka) was found shot to death around 5 AM in North Philadelphia. Michelle is the third Black trans woman to die from gun violence in a five day period and the fifth Black trans woman to be murdered in 2019 in the United States. […]

Claire Legato, 21, of Cleveland is 3rd Black Trans Woman Murdered in the US in 2019

Claire Legato

Claire Legato was a 21-year-old Black trans woman living in Cleveland when she was shot  April 15 after an argument broke out between her mother and John Booth, the suspected shooter. She was taken to a nearby hospital and died from her injuries on May 14. A warrant has been issued for Booth. Claire was from […]

Muhlaysia Booker, 23, of Dallas is 4th Trans Woman Murdered in the US in 2019

Muhlaysia Booker

“This time, I can stand before you,” she added. “Whereas in other scenarios, we are at a memorial.” A Black transwoman in Dallas who survived a brutal attack just a month ago has died from a gun shot wound she sustained on Saturday. Police do not believe the incidents are connected, but haven’t ruled it […]

Anastasia, 55, is a Woman Who Identifies as a White Trans Lesbian in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh transgender lesbian

I shouldn’t make presumptions about how folks would react: that I should be prepared for generosity as well as a negative reaction. After the decades of gaslighting, I still struggle to keep this in mind, but I do believe that there is a lot of good will among straight/cis people for the LGBTQ+ community. Name: Anastasia […]

Maria, 37, is a Queer Trans Latinx Challenging Us To Be Better Trans Allies #AMPLIFY

Trans Woman Pittsburgh

It is never easy coming out, be it for the first time or the hundredth time, and that little bit of fear is still there after having some people in my life no longer wish to be a part of my life. But I feel it is important to be out, and visible, and that […]

Maxwell, 22, is a Queer Trans Man from McKean County #AMPLIFY

McKean County Trans Man

What motivated you to take part in this project? 

I want people like me to know that it does get better. You are not sick, you are not broken; you are you, and you are brave and strong. I wish I’d known who I am earlier, but it doesn’t always happen that way, and that’s okay. Finding yourself can take a long time, but it’s worth it.

West Middlesex School District in Mercer County Implements Trans Inclusive Student Policies

West Middlesex School District Transgender Policies

Well frankly, I am a straight, white, Christian, cisgender male. It’s people like me that need to step up and show support for the marginalized people. In early December, officials in the West Middlesex School District (Mercer County) announced that existing school policies on inclusion, diversity, and respect would expand to include allowing transgender and […]

Dana Martin, 31, is the first trans homicide victim of 2019 in the United States

Dana Martin Alabama

Dana Martin, a 31-year-old Black trans woman from Hope Hall, Alabama, was murdered by a gunshot on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Montgomery. Her death remained unknown to her community because the police and the local media misgendered her. In addition to coping the loss of their loved one, her friends must also take on […]