In April, three transgender women, all of whom were African-American, were found murdered in three different states across the US.
Homicides of transgender women and women of color have been a pattern for the past several years and these three crimes appear to be a continuation of that trend, as stated in The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Program (NCAVP) press release shared with 429Magazine.
On April 3, Kelly Young, 29, was found dead from a bullet inside a Baltimore, Maryland home.
The following day, Ashley Sinclair, 30, was found shot to death in the woods in the Oak Ridge area of Orange County, FL.
A few weeks later, on April 17, another death was reported. 20-year-old Cemia Dove known as “Ci Ci” was found in a pond in Olmsted Township, Ohio. Dove was brutally attacked and exposed from the waist-down, tied to a concrete block and stabbed several times.
Almost every media outlet covering Dove’s homicide case referred to her as a him in their report, said The New Civil Rights Movement. One outlet described her as an “it.”
So far, all three crimes have yet to be solved.
“Each year, NCAVP tracks the homicides of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the US in which an anti-LGBTQ motive is known. However for many LGBTQ homicide victims, especially transgender women and people of color who are disproportionally affected by anti-LGBTQ violence, a motive is never determined,” NCAVP Coordinator at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Chai Jindasurat said in the press release.
“It is imperative to call attention to these incidents so that the lives of these individuals are not forgotten or overlooked and so that we can bring all resources to bear to discover what happened to them, when that is possible,” Jindasurat concluded.
The Coalition reported 30 hate-motivated homicides against LGBTQ people in 2011. Transgender women made up 40 percent of the 30 homicides. 87 percent of the reported anti-LGBTQ murders were people of color.
In an effort to raise awareness, the NCAVP is partnering with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and other organizations, such as BRAVO and Sunserve Services, to spread awareness and provide support.
“Enough is enough. Three unsolved homicides within one month should elicit a national outcry,” NBJC Executive Director and CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks said in the press release.