This is definitely not the way I wanted to spend our tenth anniversary celebration of the Transgender Day of Visibility, but it is a sobering reminder of how our visibility can come with a high price.
It’s also something I’ve been concerned about as we transition out of the colder winter weather into the spring. When the weather warms up, the anti-trans violence incidents rise along with the warmer temperatures.
We travel to the Washington DC area for news concerning the second trans murder of 2019.
The 20 something year old Ashanti Carmon was found dead after Fairmount Heights police responded to multiple shots fired calls in the area of Aspen and Jost streets around 6:23 AM EDT Saturday morning.
I also had a major problem with the way the report on her death was writtenby WJLA-TV in DC media.
The area is near the DC-Prince George’s County line. Police arrived at the scene seven minutes later, located Carmon, and pronounced her dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
It was the first murder in Fairmount Heights in five years according to its police chief. The homicide investigation will be turned over to the Prince George’s County Police.
As of yet, no word on a memorial vigil or a funeral, but once I find out that information, I will pass it on to you TransGriot readers once I receive it. .
And I have to ask once again, especially on this TDOV day, when will our Black trans lives matter to the Black cis community?:
Both the trans people we have lost to anti-trans violence in 2019 have in common they are Black trans feminine people and under age 35.
Rest in power and peace Ashanti. May the person who committed this heinous crime be swiftly caught and punished for it.