‘RIP Diamond “Kyree” Sanders‘

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‘RIP Diamond “Kyree” Sanders’
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(https://planettransgender.com/transgender-woman-diamond-kyree-sanders-murdered-in-cincinnati/)

C8C09B1D-444A-457D-B4D5-CC7C47BEE1FETransgender woman Diamond “Kyree” Sanders murdered in Cincinnati

Kelli Busey
March 13, 2021

Diamond Kyree Sanders / The Voice of Black Cincinnati

Transgender woman Diamond “Kyree” Sanders, 23, was murdered on March 3, 2021, in Cinncinatti Ohio. Her family said that Diamond was loved and accepted for who she was and that her unique style, charm, and personality will be greatly missed.

According to a press release from the Cincinnati Police Department, Diamond “Kyree” Sanders, 23, was shot on March 3 near the Clifton Colony Apartments at 3200 block of Morrison Avenue. Authorities discovered the victim alive in a parking lot, but she later died from her injuries at a hospital. Cincinnati Police Department spokesperson Eric Franz told Gay City News that the murder initially seemed to be a hate crime, but after further investigation, it appeared the victim was not targeted because of her trans status.

“This was a crime of greed,” Franz told Gay City News before resorting to insensitive language to describe Sanders’ gender identity. “This had nothing to do with the victim’s lifestyle.”

The Voice of Black Cincinnati reported in a Facebook post that the suspect — who has yet to be apprehended — stole the victim’s purse and cellphone. While Franz said the department could not confirm these claims to the media because it’s an open investigation, he noted that these claims would align with “greed.”

Diamonds Obituary reads:

“Diamond was a ball of energy as a child and even up to her time of death. She valued her family and enjoyed spending time with them. As a child, she would say “I love my WHOLE family!” At the last family Thanksgiving dinner, Diamond let her family know she was thankful that they accepted her for who she was as a transgender. In her younger years, Diamond spent many weekends with her Aunt Terron and Grandmother Dianne, baking cookies and making one of her favorite meals, “pigs in a blanket”. They also took Diamond and her siblings on trips to the Bahamas, Florida (Walt Disney World), Detroit and Gatlinburg to show her the world is much bigger than just Cincinnati.”

“As an adult, Diamond was a traveler, known to be in New York City one week and New Orleans the following week. Diamond was really into fashion. She always coordinated her attire from head to toe, including matching hair and nails. She was known to say, “I have to be cute, honey!” A few weeks before her death she was in her grandmother’s closet putting on her fur coat, clothes, and jewelry. Diamond’s unique style, charm, and personality will be greatly missed.”

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021, commencing at 1:00 PM at the House of Hope 1829 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH 45202. Fcemasks and social distancing are mandatory.

According to the Remembering Our Dead project Diamond “Kyree” Sanders is the 28th transgender person murdered during the 2021 TDoR reporting period.

Police say that they do not have a suspect.

Send an anonymous tip by texting “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or CLICK HERE to send an anonymous tip to the Cincinnati Police Dept.

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(https://www.advocate.com/crime/2021/3/15/trans-woman-diamond-kyree-sanders-killed-robbery-cincinnati)

Trans Woman Diamond Kyree Sanders Killed in Robbery in Cincinnati

Police are calling her death a “crime of greed” rather than one of bias, but the investigation is continuing.

BY TRUDY RING
MARCH 15 2021 9:45 PM EDT

Diamond Kyree Sanders, a 23-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot to death during a robbery in Cincinnati March 3, making her at the 11th trans, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming person to die by violence in the U.S. this year.

Sanders was found about 4 a.m. that day in the parking lot of an apartment building in Cincinnati’s Clifton neighborhood, known for its historic homes and popular restaurants and bars. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died shortly thereafter, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Police said they do not believe the shooting was motivated by her gender identity. It was instead a “crime of greed,” Sgt. Eric Franz of the Cincinnati Police Department told the Enquirer. The investigation is continuing.

Sanders’s family and friends remembered her fondly. “Diamond was a ball of energy as a child and even up to her time of death,” reads an obituary posted on the Preston Charles Funeral Home’s website. “She valued her family and enjoyed spending time with them. As a child, she would say ‘I love my WHOLE family!’ At the last family Thanksgiving dinner, Diamond let her family know she was thankful that they accepted her for who she was,” including her trans identity. She loved traveling and fashion, the obit notes, adding, “Diamond’s unique style, charm and personality will be greatly missed.”

Whatever the motivation for the crime, Sanders’s death is part of an epidemic of violence against trans people, especially Black women. “Barely three months into this year, and we continue to see devastating violence against transgender and nonbinary people in the U.S.,” Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Justice Initiative, said in a press release. “This is unacceptable. Diamond was loved by her friends and family, and should not have been taken from her community. We will continue to speak out against this violence and to support transgender and nonbinary people, and we need everyone to do the same.”

Ohio does not have a law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Cooper pointed out, nor does its hate-crimes law cover attacks based on these characteristics.

David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, also spoke out. “We should not have to keep track of Black trans people whose lives are stolen — period,” he said in a press release. “Instead we should be giving them their flowers — celebrating their many contributions to the culture, our community and the country. Since we don’t have that luxury we try to keep a tally. It is never lost on me that last year, 2020, was the deadliest year on record when thinking about the stolen lives of Black trans members of our community, in part because this year we’re on track to outpace last year’s loss. Much more must be done to stop the violence that Black trans and gender-nonconforming members of our community are experiencing, now!”

At least 44 trans people died due to violence in the U.S. last year, and most of them were Black or Latinx women. There may have been many more, given that some are misgendered or deadnamed by police and media, or their deaths not reported at all.

Anyone with information on Sanders’s death is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Department Homicide Unit at (531) 352-3542.

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(https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/03/black-trans-woman-killed-apparent-armed-robbery/)

Black trans woman killed in an apparent armed robbery

Police haven’t even identified a suspect but were quick to determine that the death of Diamond Kyree Sanders’ “had nothing to do with” her supposed “lifestyle.”
By Juwan J. Holmes Tuesday,
March 16, 2021

Diamond Kyree Sanders is being mourned as the latest trans woman violently killed. She died in Cincinnati on March 3 after being found alive with gunshot wounds in a parking lot early that morning.

The Human Rights Campaign has deemed her as at least the 11th transgender or gender non-conforming person to be murdered or face a violent death in 2021 so far. At this point in 2020, a record year for violence against trans and non-conforming people, the Campaign had only known of four deaths.

Related: Security guard tosses popular trans DJ out of nightclub restroom & now management is scrambling

Clifton was near an apartment building in the Cincinnati suburb of Clifton early in the morning of March 3. At approximately 4:00 AM, she was found suffering from gunshot wounds and transported to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Sanders was 23.

Her family memorialized her in an obituary, noting she came out to her family at “the last family Thanksgiving dinner.”

“Diamond was a ball of energy as a child and even up to her time of death. She valued her family and enjoyed spending time with them,” the obituary on the Preston Charles Funeral Home website reads. “As a child, she would say ‘I love my WHOLE family!’”

The obituary continues, “as an adult, Diamond was a traveler, known to be in New York City one week and New Orleans the following week. Diamond was really into fashion. She always coordinated her attire from head to toe, including matching hair and nails. She was known to say, ‘I have to be cute, honey!’

“A few weeks before her death she was in her grandmother’s closet putting on her fur coat, clothes and jewelry. Diamond’s unique style, charm and personality will be greatly missed.”

Police have not shared details of the murder or much else as the investigation is ongoing, but a Facebook post indicated that Sanders’ “purse and cell phone” was taken in the commission of a robbery prior to her death.

Less than a week after her murder, Cincinnati police have determined that her murder was not a hate crime, although they had yet to identify a suspect. “This was a crime of greed. This had nothing to do with the victim’s lifestyle,” Cincinnati Police Department spokesperson Eric Franz told Gay City News, which noted that he then “resort[ed] to insensitive language to describe Sanders’ gender identity.”

Franz later told The Cincinnati Enquirer “there were a lot of rumors initially that it has to do with the person’s lifestyle,” seemingly referring to her gender identity as a ‘lifestyle’.

“But we pretty quickly found out what really happened,” he claimed, saying “we are confident this is a solvable crime.”

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (531) 352-3542.

“It is never lost on me that last year, 2020, was the deadliest year on record when thinking about the stolen lives of Black trans members of our community, in part because this year we’re on track to outpace last year’s loss,” David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), said in a statement regarding Sanders’ death. “Much more must be done to stop the violence that Black trans and gender-nonconforming members of our community are experiencing, NOW!”

They note that most of the trans and gender non-conforming people murdered or facing violent deaths, this year and previously, were Black and trans women. Sanders is “yet another example of gun violence against a member of the trans community. The high number of deaths this early in the year prove that not enough is being done to protect members of the trans community from violence and oppression,” the NBJC statement declared.

“Barely three months into this year, and we continue to see devastating violence against transgender and non-binary people in the U.S. This is unacceptable,” Tori Cooper, Director of the Transgender Justice Initiative (TJI) at the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement.

“Diamond was loved by her friends and family, and should not have been taken from her community.”

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The Voice of Black Cincinnati
about 2 weeks ago
Early this morning, Kyree Sanders was found in the Clifton Colony Apartments in the 3200 block of Morrison Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. She was just 23 years old. It is reported that the suspect also took her purse and cell phone.
🙏🙏Please, please pray for her family, and if anyone knows anything about this homicide, send an anonymous tip by texting “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or click here 👉👉https://vobc.co/TIPLINE. — with Sue Kerr.

Gays against Guns
In Remembrance of Diamond “Kyree” Sanders, 23 years old, 3/3/21, Cincinnati, Ohio
Diamond “Kyree” Sanders, a Black transgender woman from Clifton, Ohio, was shot and killed earlier this month, marking the latest in several murders of transgender individuals in recent weeks.
Her family’s loving tributes shared that Diamond “Kyree” Sanders was a traveler, known to be in New York City one week and New Orleans the following week. Sanders was really into fashion. She always coordinated her attire from head to toe, including matching hair and nails. She was known to say, “I have to be cute, honey!” A few weeks before her death she was in her grandmother’s closet putting on her fur coat, clothes and jewelry. She valued her family and enjoyed spending time with them. As a child, she would say “I love my WHOLE family!” At the last family Thanksgiving dinner, Diamond “Kyree” Sanders let her family know she was thankful that they accepted her for who she was as a transgender person.
(Sources: GayCityNews, National Black Justice Coalition, NBC)

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(https://planettransgender.com/transgender-woman-kim-tova-wirtz-found-dead-in-a-male-jail/)

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 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.

Rest In Peace Kim Tova Wirtz

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(https://planettransgender.com/transgender-woman-murdered-in-jacksonville-nc/)

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.

(https://www.onslowcountylgbtq.com/transitional-housing)

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.

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(https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/03/trans-womans-murder-front-dozens-witnesses-remains-unsolved-thats-not-uncommon/)

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.

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(https://www.pghlesbian.com/2021/02/16-year-old-trans-male-and-older-sibling-shot-to-death-by-mother-in-western-pennsylvania/)

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.

Jasmine Cannady – Ambridge, Pennsylvania, February 22, 2021. Age 22.

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(https://www.pghlesbian.com/2021/02/24-year-old-latinx-trans-woman-chynaa-carrillo-killed-in-new-wilmington-pennsylvania/)

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.

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(https://www.wfmj.com/story/43374998/police-identify-woman-suspect-killed-after-altercation-leads-to-policeinvolved-shooting-in-new-wilmington)

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.

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(https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/02/miami-trans-woman-alexus-braxton-shot-death/)

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…

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(https://people.com/crime/florida-transgender-woman-killed-violent-vicious-attack-apartment/)

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?”

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(https://www.out.com/crime/2021/2/03/all-trans-americans-killed-violently-2021)

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.

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(https://planettransgender.com/trans-woman-bianca-muffin-bankz-murdered-in-her-apartment/amp/)

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.”

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(https://planettransgender.com/nineteen-year-old-transgender-girl-found-dead-in-atlanta/amp/)

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

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(https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/01/puerto-rico-declares-state-emergency-murders-multiple-transgender-people/)

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.”

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(http://www.dyssonance.com/on-fundamentals/on-transphobia/)

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.

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(https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/537441-kansas-bill-would-criminalize-medical-treatment-for-transgender-youth)

Kansas bill would criminalize medical treatment for transgender youth
BY JOHN BOWDEN –
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.

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(https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/02/rand-paul-calls-trans-schoolgirls-hulking-six-foot-four-guys-bizarre-senate-committee-rant/)

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.

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(https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/02/31-anti-transgender-bills-filed-20-states-gop-targets-schoolchildren-nationwide/)

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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