‘RIP Kimberly Tova Wirtz’


‘RIP Kimberly Tova Wirtz’
(15 Mar 21)

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Transgender woman Kim Tova Wirtz found dead in a Male Jail

Kelli Busey
March 15, 2021

Trans woman Kimberly Tova Wirtz was found unresponsive at the Baltimore Central Booking unit on February 26 at 12:00 am. Wirtz was then transported from the male prison to Mercy Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Baltimore Safe Haven vigil for Kim Tova Wirtz March 5th at the ynot lot

Baltimore Safe Haven petition Justice for Kim demands answers from Baltimore City Central Booking Unit, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office, and MARILYN J. MOSBY State’s Attorney for Baltimore City:

“On Thursday, February 26, Kim Wirtz’s niece received a devastating call from the chaplain of the Baltimore City Central Booking Unit informing them that their Aunt, Kim a transgender woman, was found unresponsive in a single cell of a male prison at midnight. She was later pronounced dead at 1:16 am at Mercy Hospital.

STILL AS OF NOW THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN A CAUSE OF DEATH & The jail refuses to give them any detailed report Of the “incident” until they acquire an attorney. Unfortunately, because of the untimeliness of Kim’s death, they simply are not equipped to cover the cost and expenses of her arrangements let alone legal counsel.

A toddler is asking where her auntie is tonight. My heart is breaking.


Kim’s niece has a fundraiser in which she wrote “My grandmother is currently in hospice care in St. Paul Minnesota and is unable to travel to Baltimore to bury her child.”

My family is pleading for your help while we try to gather the funds needed to cover the cost of her homegoing expenses. We’ve found an affordable funeral home and we really need our villages and networks to band together. I sincerely thank you for your generosity, compassion, and understanding during this very difficult time for our family. Please connect with us and the resources or support you may have. We have 7 days to raise this money. We’re gonna need your help.

We don’t always give people their flowers while they’re still alive. We don’t always have the opportunity to do right by people before it’s too late. Help us afford to do Right by Kim, Kim has always put others first. We just want to lay her to rest with some dignity. Thank you again! Please donate to her fundraiser by clicking here.

Rest In Peace Kim Tova Wirtz

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.


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Transgender woman murdered in Jacksonville, NC

Kelli Busey
March 5, 2021

Thirty-four-year-old Transgender woman Jenna Franks was found alongside a Jacksonville, Florida road, February 24, 2020. She was found about 1:30 pm on Wednesday by city workers who were clearing a ditch in the area of Ellis Boulevard and White Street. Jacksonville Police withheld releasing information of her death until yesterday and after family members were contacted. JPD now say that they are treating her death as a homicide.

Family members believe she was murdered because of her gender expression.

Jenna Franks moved to Jacksonville recently to live in transitional housing while in recovery from drug addiction.


The Jenna Franks Interim Housing Project

The Jenna Franks Interim Housing Project is being designed to provide a safe and accepting environment for our homeless population, often having been kicked out and rejected by their families due to their sexual orientation, or having to overcome an addiction or mental health issue. The hopes are that the home can house up to six adults for up to 18 months who are receiving services and supports that will:

Contact infojaxlgbtq@gmail.com for more information

The Onslow County LGBTQ+ Community Center is a registered 501c3, all donations are tax deductible.



After Bree Black’s murder, police are realizing they don’t know how to interact with the trans community.
By Juwan J. Holmes
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A trans woman’s murder in front of dozens of witnesses remains unsolved. That’s not uncommon.

Bree Black was gunned down on July 3, 2020 on a crowded street with “approximately hundreds” of witnesses in Pompano Beach, Florida. She was deadnamed by police when they revealed the news, although it was known initially that she was a trans woman.

Eight months later, her case remains unsolved — but investigators and activists are doing what they can to prevent this from happening again.



16-Year-Old Trans Male and Older Sibling Shot to Death by Mother in Western Pennsylvania
February 23, 2021
by Sue

Another tragedy involving a trans neighbor unfolded Monday, February 22 in Ambridge, Beaver County, Pennsylvania when a 48-year-old mother shot both of her young adult children in the head, killing them at the scene inside the family home. 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady and younger brother, 16-year-old Jeffery ‘JJ’ Bright died. JJ has been repeatedly misgendered and deadnamed by local media, prompting a local LGBTQ youth organization that he attended to correct the reporting.

He has been called JJ (Jeffrey) and used he/him pronouns since age 12. This was how he was referred to by family, friends, and school.

Stations like WTAE corrected their reporting to state that JJ was transitioning. That is not quite accurate. He had socially transitioned four years ago. Other aspects of his transition are not relevant to the reporting that he was a young man. Or anyone’s business. Don’t speculate. Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t use his identity as a launch pad for your own anti-transgender agenda. He was a boy, get it right.

JJ’s cousin is diligently following up on all of the misgendered FB posts and articles. They ask that if you correct content, please use the hashtag #hisnamewasjeffrey to help them in their efforts. JJ and Jasmine deserved to be alive today, on Wednesday, and every day after that. The least we can do is honor their true selves and their spirits.

May your memory be a revolution.

This is our list of transgender, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary neighbors lost to violence in 2021. Please do not copy or share this list without attribution.

Tyianna Davarea Alexandra – Chicago, Illinois. January 6, 2021. Age 28.

Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín – Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. January 9, 2021. Age 21.

Dominique Jackson – Jackson, Mississippi. January 25, 2021. Age 30.

Bianca ‘Muffin’ Bankz – Atlanta, Georgia. January 21, 2021. Age 31.

Fifty Bandzzz – Baton Rouge, Louisiana. January 28, 2021. Age 21.

Alexus “Kimmy” Braxton – Miami, Florida. February 4, 2021. Age 45.

Chynaa Carrillo – New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. February 18, 2021. Age 24.

Jeffrey ‘JJ’ Bright – Ambridge, Pennsylvania. February 22, 2021. Age 16.

We are also still monitoring these supicious deaths from 20/21 (in addition to the 44 documented killings.)

Fendi Mon’ezah Armstrong – Lithonia, Georgia, November 11, 2020. Age 39

Kimberely Patricia Cope – Athens, Georgia, December 27, 2020. Age 40.

Natasha Keianna – Detroit, Michigan, January 12, 2021. Age 37.

Bonaire ‘Bonnie’ Black – Atlanta, Georgia, December 31, 2020. Age 19.



24-year-old Latinx Trans Woman Chynaa Carrillo Killed in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
February 19, 2021
by Sue

Her name was Chynaa Carrillo. She was a 24-year-old Latina trans woman. On Thursday, February 18, she was murdered by a man who was so intent on beating her to death that he refused police commands to stop and ended being killed himself. Her family told the media that Chynaa had recently started dating him.

Two people died, and one of the victims was shot and killed by police, following an incident in New Wilmington, Lawrence County, on Thursday, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed. State police said New Wilmington police officers responded to a home along South New Castle Street where they found a suspect beating a woman with a blunt instrument. Police said when officers told the suspect to stop the attack, the suspect refused. Officers then opened fire, killing the suspect. Police said the victim, a transgender woman, died from her injuries at the hospital.

These are rural parts of Southwestern Pennsylvania. New Wilmington is in Lawrence County, about 60 miles from Pittsburgh and about 18 miles from Youngstown, Ohio. These communities have no statewide discrimination protections based on gender identity or sexual orienation, nor any statewide hate crimes protections.

Rest in power, Chynaa. You came to our community to help our neighbors and for that I thank you. Our trans and queer community will honor your spirit and say your name. You deserved to be valued by people you dated, to complete your service, and move on to the next stages in your life – to grow and flourish and thrive.

May your memory be a revolution.



Campbell man shot, killed by police in Lawrence County

Pennsylvania State Police have identified both the victim and suspect killed after an altercation lead to a police-involved shooting in New Wilmington.
(19 Feb 21)
12 hrs 6 mins ago
Updated: 6 hrs 27 mins ago
By Erin Simonek
By Lauren Stebelton

Pennsylvania State Police have identified both the victim and suspect killed after an altercation lead to a police-involved shooting in New Wilmington.

Police identified the assault victim who died was 24-year-old Chyna Cardena from Springdale, Arkansas.

New Wilmington police officers responded to a 911 call at a home on S. New Castle Street at 11:08 a.m. Thursday.

The police officers found a man assaulting the 24-year-old Hispanic transgender woman with a “blunt instrument” in the home’s backyard.

Police told the suspect to stop assaulting Cardena and he refused.



Miami trans woman Alexus Braxton shot to death

Police believe it may have been a hate crime.

By Alex Bollinger
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Alexus Braxton, a 45-year-old transgender woman who lived in Florida, was found shot to death earlier this month.

Police officers pronounced her dead on February 4 when they found her in her apartment in Miami. Investigators believe that her murder may have been a hate crime.

According to HRC, at least 44 transgender people were violently killed in 2020, making it the deadliest year on record for trans people. Most of the victims were Black or latina transgender women.

Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the tragic loss of Alexus ‘Kimmy Icon’ Braxton, the beloved daughter of a Board Member…



Transgender Woman Is Killed in ‘Vicious and Violent Attack’ in Her Miami Apartment

Police say 45-year-old Alexus Braxton was found murdered on Feb. 4

By Jeff Truesdell
February 16, 2021 04:03 PM

Alexus Braxton, also known as Kimmy Icon Braxton | CREDIT: KIMMY ICON BRAXTON FACEBOOK

An attack that a police detective describes as “very vicious and violent” has authorities searching for the killer of a 45-year-old transgender woman found dead two weeks ago in her Miami apartment.

Family identified the victim as Alexus Braxton.

“Whoever did this, you need to come forward,” Braxton’s sister, who gave her name as Neki, told NBC Miami. “You hurting our family. You hurting everyone around us, and we want to know, why, why, why would you do it? What would the reason be for you to do such a crime and do such an act on a beautiful person?”



5 Trans Americans Have Already Been Violently Killed in 2021
By Donald Padgett

Here are the transgender people violently killed so far in 2021

2020 was historically deadly for the transgender community. A record 45 trans people were violently killed last year, eclipsing the previous high of 31 in 2017. As usual, transgender women of color were disproportionately impacted by the violence. The true number of victims will never be known, as many go unreported or are misgendered in death.

Sadly, 2021 is proving deadly as well. Listed below are the five known violent killings of transgender people so far this year.

Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander, 28, a Black transgender woman, was shot in the head while walking with a friend in Chicago early on the morning of Wednesday, January 6. She was pronounced dead at the scene in the city’s Greshman neighborhood. Her friend, 31-year-old Brandon Gowdy, was shot in the arm and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Samuel Edmund Damián, a Latinx transgender man, was found dead in Puerto Rico on Saturday, January 9. His bullet-riddled body was left in the middle of a dimly lit highway where it was run over by an unsuspecting driver. Police indicated Damián suffered gunshot wounds over multiple parts of the body, suggesting a certain level of rage by his killer.

Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, 30, a Black transgender woman, was shot to death in Atlanta, Georgia, January 17. A former foster child, Bankz was killed in her new apartment following struggles with homelessness. Police believe Moses Miller killed Bankz before dying by suicide.

Dominique Jackson, 30, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in Jackson, Mississippi, January 25. Police discovered her fatally wounded body inside a vehicle that had struck a utility pole, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Initial police and media reports misgendered Jackson.

Friends and family describe Jackson as “sweet and kind,” with dreams of competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Fifty Bandz, 21, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 28. Fifty was reportedly killed by a man she had been in a relationship with for over a year. Family, friends, and local advocates released balloons in her memory and plan on holding a memorial service for her as well.



Trans woman Bianca “Muffin” Bankz murdered in her apartment
By Kelli Busey

Bianca “Muffin” Bankz a trans woman of color was found murdered in her apartment Sunday, January 17, 2021. Details surrounding her death are murky, but friends say but that her life was taken by a man in her home, who ultimately took his own life.

Bianca “Muffin” Bankz is the second transgender woman to be murdered in Atlanta in the past 18 days. Bonaire (Bonni) Black, 19, was found dead on December 31, 2020, under a blanket in a parking garage in midtown Atlanta.

Jesse Pratt López founder of the Trans Housing Coalition (THC) wrote on Facebook “during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked nonstop to get as many trans and nonbinary people off the streets and into relative safety as quickly as possible. These efforts have often extended to people who were not enrolled in our program, but connected to our clients.”

“We met Muffin when we were unable to take on any new clients. Because she was good friends with our client, Africa, she became Africa’s roommate and we were able to at least provide housing for her over the past few months.”



Kelli Busey
11 hours ago
(29 Jan 21)

Nineteen Year Old Transgender Girl found dead in Atlanta

Bonaire (Bonni) Black, 19, was found dead on December 31, 2020, under a blanket in a parking garage in midtown Atlanta

Trans woman Bonaire (Bonni) Black, 19, was found dead on December 31, 2020, under a blanket in a parking garage in midtown Atlanta, Ga. Police say that there were no signs of foul play but her friends disagree. They think her neck was broken during a fight and she was left in the garage by the assailant.

Jesse Pratt López founder of Atlanta’s Trans Housing Coalition (THC) wrote on Facebook that “Kendall “Bonaire/Bonnie” Sawyer was murdered on New Year’s Eve, just seven days before her 19th birthday. Details surrounding her death are unclear and the assailant has not been caught.

Though she went by Bonnaire/Bonnie, Kendall liked her name because it was gender-neutral. Kendall was not a THC client, but she was friends with many of the girls in our program.”

Bonaire (Bonni) Black was laid to rest on January 20, 2021, and is the 14th transgender person murdered in the US since November 20, 2020, our last Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR).

R.I.P. Bonni Black



Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over murders of multiple transgender people

The violence has spiraled out of control in the U.S. territory and the governor is doing something about it.

By Bil Browning
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over murders of multiple transgender people

Puerto Rican Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi has declared a state of emergency as transgender people continue to be murdered on the island.

Attacks on transgender Americans rose at an alarming rate in 2020 – both on the mainland and in the U.S. territory. The violence has continued through the first weeks of 2021.

“Gender violence is a social evil, based on ignorance and attitudes that cannot have space or tolerance in the Puerto Rico that we aspire to,” Pierluisi said in a statement.

“For too long vulnerable victims have suffered the consequences of systematic machismo, inequity, discrimination, lack of education, lack of guidance, and above all lack of action. It is my duty and my commitment as governor to establish a STOP to gender violence and for these purposes, I have declared a state of emergency.”



On Transphobia

Transphobia is the aversion to, anxiety regarding, or animus, in any combination or singly, towards trans people or transness.

Aversion is things like being disgusted, in opposition to, identifying something as repugnant, and exhibiting strong feelings about this. Aversion is the desire to avoid, the act of arguing to avoid or reduce encounters. It includes being unwilling to listen or accept factual,statements made by trans people. It also includes not wanting trans people in the restroom.

Anxiety is distress, worry, concern, and overt anxiousness about something or someone that is strongly expressed in physical, literal, or metaphorical terms. Anxiety is worry, concern, or anticipatory ideation relating to trans people or Transness. It includes prejudice against trans people, such as worrying about what they do in the restroom.

Animus is a strong and intense dislike. It involves devaluing the lives of people, erasing their dignity, opposing their civil and human rights, denying them the ability to mark themselves,and outright harm to them. Animus is intense dislike, easily distinguished by overly concerned and reactionary language and violence, in any form. It includes agitating in the interest of preventing trans people from being In the restroom by law or policy.

So any of those things, either individually or in combination, is what makes up transphobia.



Kansas bill would criminalize medical treatment for transgender youth
02/04/21 05:54 PM EST

Kansas bill would criminalize medical treatment for transgender youth

A bill introduced Wednesday in Kansas’s state legislature would make it a felony for doctors to provide gender affirmation surgery or other treatments to transgender youth wishing to transition.

The Associated Press reported that the bill was introduced by four Republican state lawmakers in response to an executive order signed by President Biden barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public school sports.

The bill is reportedly unlikely to become law, with a Republican committee chair telling the AP that the committee to which the bill was assigned has other priorities.



Rand Paul calls trans schoolgirls “hulking six-foot-four guys” in bizarre Senate committee rant

Sen. Paul admitted that he doesn’t care much about women’s sports, before making an education hearing all about transgender girls in school sports.
By Alex Bollinger Thursday, February 4, 2021

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went on a bizarre rant about transgender girls competing in sports, calling trans girls “hulking six-foot-four guys” during a committee hearing, and two other prominent Republicans joined him in attacking transgender girls.



31 anti-transgender bills filed in 20 states as GOP targets schoolchildren nationwide

From school sports to putting doctors in prison for treating trans patients, lawmakers in these states want to make people’s lives harder.

By Alex Bollinger
Friday, February 5, 2021

At least 20 states are currently considering at least 31 bills that would attack the rights of transgender people – mostly attacking transgender youth – as more state lawmakers file bills to tear away as the limited rights and protections that currently exist for transgender people.


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