FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2019
Contact: Monica Roberts BTWI Media Chair 346-310-0824
Dee Dee Watters BTWI President
855-255-8636 Ext 11
Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC) and Black Transwomen Inc (BTWI) as a Dallas based organization is dismayed and angered to hear about the despicable hate attack that happened to our sibling Muhlaysia Booker on Friday.morning.
Booker was involved in a minor traffic accident at the Royal Crest Apartments located at 3558 Wilhurt Ave at 11:25 AM CDT. Booker then found herself being assaulted by several people in an incident that has been videotaped and circulated on social media.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms our disgust at what happened to Ms Booker. We call upon the Dallas Police Department to swiftly arrest the perpetrators of this attack and charge them with a hate crime.
In addition, we at BTAC and BTWI would love to extend an invitation to Ms Booker to attend our upcoming Black Trans Advocacy Conference scheduled to take place at the Wyndham Dallas Suites Park Hotel April 23-28.
While we at BTAC and BTWI agree with Mayor Rawlings that the perpetrators of this hate attack do not reflect the feelings that many Dallasites have about our TBLGQ community, we are still angry that it happened to Ms Booker. We are beyond sick and tired of some misguided people in the Black community believing they have a green light to assault and kill Black trans people.
Black trans people are Black people, and we are an intertwined part of the Black community here in Dallas, the state of Texas, the nation and across the African Diaspora. This malignant hatred toward Black trans people, and particularly Black trans women needs to end today..
Our Black trans lives matter as much as yours do. It’s past time that the Black community, our community and political leaders, and our legacy organizations recognize that reality.