Alarming Number Of Black Trans Women Have Been Murdered In 2017

Several black trans women have been murdered over the past two months, causing outrage in trans community — as well as calls for more media coverage. These women deserve to have their stories heard and their murders brought to justice.

Chyna Gibson AKA Chyna Doll Dupree, Ciara McElveen, and Jaquarrius Holland were killed within a span of eight days. McElveen, 21, was fatally stabbed in New Orleans on Feb. 27 after being dragged out of her vehicle, according to the Times-Picayune. Two days earlier in the same city, Gibson, 31, was shot to death outside of a shopping center. On Feb. 19, 18-year-old Holland was fatally shot in Monroe, La., during an argument, according to Mic.



Trans women of color face a disproportionately high rate of violence and murder. At least seven trans people have been murdered so far in 2017, according to GLAAD, an organization that monitors media coverage of LGBTQ issues. Last year was the most violent year on record for transgender people, with 27 murders of nearly all trans women of color. As reported on



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