Black transgender people are disproportionately affected by hate-motivated violence. Two Black trans women were killed this week alone.
Say their names; Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio, and Dominique Fells of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Milton was shot and killed Tuesday, June 9, according to local media outlets, she was also dead named and misgendered in initial reports of her death from local media, sadly common when transgender homicides are reported.
Fells was a beloved member of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community. She was found dead in a river last week in a particularly gruesome killing.
Dior Edmonds, Fells’ sister said,
“Dominique was a Black [trans woman] brutally murdered and discarded in a river in Philidelphia. Our family is in mourning and in utter disbelief that something like this could happen to one of our own.”
Trans Drag Race star and activist, Peppermint spoke out these injustices on Friday at a protest rally at Stonewall Inn in NYC and also posted on Instagram,
“I’m so upset.
What is is gonna take for #blacklivesmatterand #lgbtq to get as angry about trans women being murdered as we were with unarmed black men, or men jogging or an innocent white gay teenager left to die on a fence.
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I’m so upset. What is is gonna take for #blacklivesmatter and #lgbtq🌈 to get as ANGRY ABOUT trans women being murdered as we were with unarmed black men, or men jogging or an innocent white gay teenager left to die on a fence. Why can’t we all help get justice??? #dominiquefells #riahmilton
Two Black trans women have been reported dead this week. Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells of Philadelphia, PA and Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio. #RestInPower #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/2djG4i3U6c— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) June 12, 2020
(Photos, Steven Menendez; via NewNowNext)