Black lives matter. This includes transgender black women who are arguably the most marginalized in our society. Their deaths have not been given the media attention they deserve. We cannot give voice to some discrimination while the rest is left in the dark. Let’s work to change this.
WARNING: Suitable for mature readers only. The information provided below deals with violence through brutal murder and sexual assault including, rape. It may be a trigger for some and I urge you to discontinue reading if necessary.
Disclosure: Though this information comes from a fictional novel, the content is very much real and can be found on Wikipedia. My transgender protagonist, Christian, stumbles upon this webpage while searching the Internet. It is seen and being reflected AS IS, therefore, the statements have not been verified for every case. Its intent is to cause overwhelm for Christian by the sheer volume and atrocity of the crimes that are listed here. The deaths of both black and white transgender individuals are recorded below.
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“List of unlawfully killed transgender people. Click. Murder. Scroll. 1980s. Julie Doe. Venus Xtravaganza. Strangled. Carla Leigh Salazar. Stabbed. 1990s. Sonia Rescalvo Zafra. Kicked repeatedly in the head. Brandon Teena. Raped and murdered. Rita Hester. Multiple stab wounds. Tracy Thompson. Stabbed multiple times. 2000. Christine Chappel. Brother pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Amanda Milan. Stabbed in neck. 2001. Loni Kai. Unsolved murder. 2002. Gwen Araujo. Killed by four men. Beat and strangled by past lovers. 2003. Nireah Johnson. Murdered. Janice Roberts. Kidnapped by serial killer. Shelby Trace Tom. Strangled. 2004. Divas Boulanger. Missing. Body found at rest stop. 2006. Gisberta Salce Junior. Assassinated. Tortured. Raped. Threw her alive into a well where she drowned. 2007. Roberto. Killed by two women. 2008. Angie Zapata. “Gay things need to die.” Lateisha Green. Shot and killed. 2010. Stacey Blahnik. Murdered by boyfriend. Sonia Burgess. Pushed under an incoming train. Victoria Carmen White. Shot. Acquitted. 2011. Marcal Camero Tye. Shot in head and dragged under car. Murder unsolved. Dee Dee Pierson. Murdered. 2012. Sweet Maria. Murdered. Mutilated. Crain Conaway. Beaten to death in her home. Deoni Jones. Stabbed in the face. Agnes Torres Hernandez. Murdered. Rene Hidalgo Hernandez. Murdered by client. Coko Williams. Shot and her throat had been cut. Tyrell Jackson. Shot dead. Paige clay. Shot in the face. Brandy Martell. Shot to death. Lorena Xtravaganza. Apartment set on fire. Strangled and suffocated. Tracey Johnson. Shot to death. Tiffany Gooden. Dead from multiple stab wounds. Deja Johnson. Shot dead. Kendall Hampton. Shot dead. Kyra Cordova. Shot in the head. January Marie Lapuz. Stabbed to death. 2013. Evon Young. Tortured and murdered by five men. Cernia Dove. Body found at the bottom of a pond; rope tying waist to a concrete block. Kelly Young. Shot inside her home. Ashley Sinclair. Murdered. Dwayne Jones. 16-years-old. Beaten, stabbed, run over by a car. Islan Nettles. Beaten to death. Dominique Newburn. Murdered by her former boyfriend. Melony Smith. Found dead in a motel room. Eyricka Morgan. Stabbed to death. Jessica Vargas Bringas. Stabbed to death. Betty Skinner. Disabled. Beaten to death. Brittany-Nicole Kidd-Stergis. Found dead in her parked car with a gunshot wound to her head. 2014. Mayang Presetyo. Murdered by her husband. Kimberly Sody. Beaten. Cagia Joker. Fatally Shot. Mahadevi. Pushed off a moving train. Cingene Gul. Killed in her home. Keeta Bakhsh. Died following police beating. Rosa Rebut. Beaten to death. Kandy Hall. Massive bodily trauma. Zoraida Reyes. Discovered behind a Dairy Queen. Choked. Yaz’min Shancez. Badly burned. Found behind a garbage bin. Tiffany Edwards. Killed. Mia Henderson. Murder bore similarities to Kandy. Alejandra Leos. Shot in the back. Aniya Parker. Robbery gone wrong. Shelley Hilliard. Badly burned. Ashley Sherman. Gunshot wound to head. Breana Fowler. Shot dead outside her car. Jennifer Laude. Murdered. Mary Ho Anonuevo. Strangled and stabbed 33 times in the bar she owned. Marcela Duque. Stoned to death by a group of attackers. Pamela Morena. Struck by vehicle. 2015. Yoshi Tsuchida. Face sliced off with a sharp instrument. Papi Edwards. Bullet wound to the chest. Lamia Beard. Gunshot wounds. Yazmin Cash Payne. Stabbed and burned to death by her boyfriend. Taja DeJesus. Stabbed to death. Penny Proud. Multiple gunshot injuries. Bri Golec. Stabbed to death by their father. Kristina Gomez Reinwald. Found dead in her apartment. Keyshia Blige. Shot while driving and crashed while attempting to drive herself to the hospital. Vanessa Santillan. Fatal injuries to the neck and head. London Chanel. Fatally stabbed in the back and neck. Mercedes Williamson. Killed. Jasmine Collins. Stabbed to death. Ashton O’Hara. Murdered in a field. India Clarke. Shot dead.K.C.Haggard.Stabbedintheneck.Passerbydidnothingbutlookatherbodyonthegroundasshebledout.ShadeSchuler.Shotdeadandleftinafield.AmberMonroe.Shotdead.Hadbeenshotonthreeprioroccasionsbutherfearofthepolicekeptherfromreportingthecrimes.KandisCapri.Shot.ElishaWalker.Founddeadinashallowgrave.TamaraDominguez.RunoverbyanSUVtruckmultipletimes.FernandaOlmos.Foundinherhome.Stabbedandshottodeath.MarcelaEstefaniaChocobar.SobadlyburnedanddismemberedthatherbodyhadtobeverifiedbyDNA. Scroll. This list does not include deaths by suicide, accident, or other causes. I clicked the big red X.”