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Tue Aug 25, 2015, 02:12 PM

Transgender Women of Color Stand Up Against Murder, Neglect

Transgender women of color are being murdered. Transgender women of color like us are being murdered across these United States. There have been at least seventeen murders of transgender of women of color in 2015. Last week alone, we lost five sisters, with three bodies discovered in one day on August 14, 2015. We call the names of Shade Schuler, Amber Monroe, Ashton O’Hara, Kandi Capri, Elisha Walker, Tamara Dominguez, and so many others who were stolen from us. Transgender women of color are being targeted and executed across this country and nobody seems to give a damn about any of our lives.


* When a transgender woman of color is murdered, it is not only an injustice for transgender people. It is an injustice for all people of color. It is an injustice for women. It is an injustice for any marginalized group that is oppressed and experiences erasure.

Transgender women of color from across this country are tired and have had enough of the MURDERS, the ABUSE, the VIOLENCE, the EXCUSES, and the NEGLECT. We give ourselves permission scream and yell in anger for the treatment of our community. We give ourselves permission dismantle the system of White supremacy that says that people of color should have a pleasant disposition when dealing with injustice and to wait when it comes to the real liberation of our community.

*November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day where we give honor to and remember the lives of transgender people who are no longer with us. However, this year we transgender women of color and transgender men of color are choosing to own and create a new narrative to celebrate those who are no longer with us while giving ourselves permission to vocalize our outrage. On November 20th 2015 cities across the United States will be participating in the Transgender March of Resilience, a movement birthed from Black and Latin transgender experience and one that will model what this movement will look like for transgender people of color in the United States. We invite all to participate with us in solidarity and proclaim, “transgender women of color matter!”


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