There have been at least 25 trans people murdered in the US in 2020. The Human Rights Campaign tracked 27 murders throughout all of 2019.
According to local New York TV station WPIX, 32-year-old Tiffany Harris was stabbed to death in her Bronx apartment early Sunday morning. She was initially deadnamed and misgendered by the police and the media, but was correctly identified by people in her community as well as a trans rights group.
Her death is not being investigated as a hate crime. A man caught on CCTV is wanted for questioning, and is believed to have been in a relationship with Harris.
On Monday afternoon, a second Black trans woman was found dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to The Advocate, Queasha D Hardy, 24, had been shot in broad daylight and was found just after 1pm lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. She died at the scene.
Hardy was also misgendered and deadnamed by police and the media after her death, and her next of kin reportedly demanded that she be identified as male despite her living openly as a trans woman.
Reports have recently emerged that a Black trans man, Brian Powers, was murdered in Akron, Ohio, on June 13.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Powers was killed by a single gunshot and was found on the street outside a church.
Police said they have no leads, but the man’s friends and family believe his death is not being treated seriously because he was Black and transgender.
Powers’s friend Steve Arrington, who works at the Akron AIDS Collaborative, said:
“I’m kind of disturbed when they say ‘Black Lives Matter’.
I say: ‘Whose lives, my life? Or just heterosexual Black people’s lives? What about my LGBTQ brothers and sisters? They’re Black. Do their lives matter?’”
After Harris’ death, Human Rights Campaign said in a statement,
“There are currently very few explicit federal legal protections for transgender or gender-expansive people.
Nationally, despite some marginal gains in state and local policies that support and affirm transgender people, recent years have been marked by anti-LGBTQ attacks at all levels of government.
We must demand better from our community, peers and elected officials and reject harmful anti-transgender legislation appearing at the local, state and federal levels.
It is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of colour. The intersections of racism, transphobia, sexism, biphobia and homophobia conspire to deprive them of necessities to live and thrive.
“This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets transgender people of colour — particularly Black trans women — must cease.”
Powers’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise reward money. Relatives also plan to hold a vigil August 29 to honor him and heighten awareness of crimes against LGBTQ people in general. Anyone with information about his death is asked call Akron detectives at (330) 375-2490. Callers have the option of anonymity.
(via Pink News)