It was probably the bloodiest year ever for Black trans and gender non conforming people in the US, who sadly are far and away the most likely trans people to die, followed by our trans Latina sisters.
We lost 19 Black trans people in 2018. The youngest was just 18, the oldest at age 58
2018 US Trans MurdersChrista Lee Steele-Knudslien, 47, North Adams, MAVickky Gutierrez, 38, Los Angeles, CAZakaria Fry, 28, Albuquerque, NMCeline Walker, 38, Jacksonville, FLTonya Harvey, 35, Buffalo, NY
Phylicia Mitchell, 45, Cleveland, OHAmia Tyrae Berryman, 28, Baton Rouge, LASasha Wall, 29, Chesterfield County, SC Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, 26, Dallas, TXNino Fortson, 36, Atlanta, GAGigi Pierce, 28, Portland, ORAntasha English, 38, Jacksonville, FLDiamond Stephens, 39, Meridian, MS
Catalina Christina James, 24, Jacksonville, FLKeisha James, 58, Cleveland, OHSasha Garden, 27, Orlando, FLVontashia Bell, 18, Shreveport, LADejanay Stanton, 24, Chicago, ILShantee Tucker, 30, Philadelphia, PALondonn Moore Kinard, 20, North Port, FLNikki Janelle Enriquez, 28, Laredo, TXCiara Minaj Carter Frazier, 31, Chicago, ILTydie Dansbury, 37, Baltimore, MDKeanna Mattel,(Kelly Stough) 35, Detroit, MIRegina Denise Brown, 53, Orangeburg, SC2018 Trans Murders Stats BreakdownFemale 24-Male/GNC 1)By RaceWhite-3 (3 female-0 male)Latina-3 (3 female-0 male)Black -19 (18 female-1 male/GNC)Asian- 0Native American- 0
50+ 240-49 2
30-39 1020-29 1010-19- 1
This is unacceptable. We need to have in 2019 a conversation followed by SUSTAINED action to reduce the number of Black trans people dying at the hands of Black men.
And it’s past time for Black legacy orgs like the NAACP to step up and lead instead of inactively sitting on the sidelines. You silence is getting my people killed, and I’m tired of it.
Frankly, all Black trans people are tired of the spectacle of the oldest civil rights organization in our community, pledged to uplift the lives of Black people, being outdone on this issue by HRC.
It’s pathetically sad that the Human Rights Campaign, which has had a contentious at times relationship with Black trans, bisexual and SGL people,consistently does what the NAACP won’t in not only saying our Black trans names, but admitting there’s a serious problem.
This dynamic MUST change in 2019.