As the ball is about to drop in New York’s Times Square to signal the end of the 2010’s and the beginning of a new year and new decade, still had this bit of old business to deal with.
I don’t have to tell you TransGriot readers that 2019 was another deadly year, specifically for Black trans women. Texas was the epicenter of it, with us losing four trans women. It could have easily been six had Pinky in Houston and Daniela in Dallas not survived being shot by assailants who are at this writing, still at large.
These are the names of the trans folks in the US who have been killed in this 2019 calendar year
Dana Martin, 31, Montgomery, AL
Ashanti Carmon, 27, Fairmount Heights, MD
Jazzaline Ware, 34, Memphis, TN
Muhlaysia Booker, 22, Dallas, TX
Michelle Washington, 40, Philadelphia, PA
Claire Legato, 21, Cleveland, OH
Paris Cameron, 20, Detroit, MI
Chynal Lindsey, 26, Dallas, TX
Chanel Scurlock, 23, Lumberton, NC
Zoe Spears, 23, Fairmount Heights, MD
Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, Kansas City, MO
Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, North Charleston, SC
Marquis Kiki Fantroy, 21, Miami, FL
Pebbles LaDime Doe, 24, Allendale, SC
Jordan Cofer, 22, Dayton, OH
Tracy Single Williams, 22, Houston TX
Bailey Reeves, 17, Baltimore, MD
Bee Love Slater, 23, Clewiston, FL
Ja’Leyah Jamar Berryman, 30, Kansas City, MO
Elisha Stanley, 46, Pittsburgh, PA
Itali Marlowe, 29, Houston, TX
Brianna BB Hill, 30, Kansas City, MO
Nikki Kuhnhausen, 18, Vancouver, WA
Yahira Nesby, 33, Brooklyn, NY
0-19 – 2
20-29 – 14
30-39 – 6
40-49 – 2
The three things that jump out at me besides the fact that 22 of the 24 people that we lost were Black and 14 of them we between the ages of 20-29, is that we lost ZERO Latinx people to anti-trans murders.
Not that there weren’t any attempts on the lives of our Latina trans siblings. It’s just they were blessed those attempts didn’t turn into fatalities.
For those of you claiming Layleen Polanco, who died while incarcerated at Rikers Island was murdered, not according to the NYC coroner. That is why she is not on this list, which follows the protocols of the Remembering Our Dead project founded by Gwen Smith 20 years ago.
One thing we can all agreed on is 24 murdered trans people is far too many, and these are just the ones we’re aware of. It may be far more . There is a Black trans woman in Oakland who has been missing since December 1
May they rest in power with the ancestors. May the peeps who murdered them also be found guilty of their crimes and be punished to the full extent of the law for their crimes