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Were Prostitution Or Transphobia Factors In The Shooting Death Of Transwoman Lashai McLean?

DC Police Investigate Killing of Transgender Person: MyFoxDC.com

On 4:30 am Wednesday morning someone shot 23-year-old Lashai McLean in the back and left her for dead. By the time the Fire and Emergency Medical Services took McLean to the hospital she was dead. Now the police are looking for two black male suspects as well as the other trans-person walking with Lashai at the time of the murder. The shooting occurred in an area known for trans-prositution and Lashai’s last arrest occurred because of sexual solicitation as well. So was Lashai’s murder connected at all to prostitution or are police just painting another trans person as a sex worker?

According to Earline Budd, who runs D.C.’s Transgender Health Empowerment office, LaShai used to stop by at least once a week and also wanted to find housing through the office.

Budd said, “It’s been time and time again we’ve been getting calls here at Transgender Health Empowerment about stabbings. They’ve been shot and they’ve been beat up and I can just say that I can’t say Shai was involved in any illegal activities in terms of being there, but I can tell you clearly that area has a lot of violence and we work very closely to educate young ladies.”

Lashai left behind friends and family including her boyfriend Jason Coleman who said, “It just hurts my heart. It hurts me terrible. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her. She was lovely, too. I wanted to be with her the rest of my life.”

The D.C. Mayor has promised to press hate crime charges if the investigation reveals that Lashai’s trans-identity played a factor in the killer’s motive.

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Jul 22, 2011
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  • 6 Comments
    • pithyscreenname
      pithyscreenname

      You can’t separate the two. Most like she was doing sex work, because of the transphobia she faced in the larger society made it very difficult to get a job in the non-underground economy.

      It may have been a prostitution / robbery thing- but the reason she was on those streets were partly due to transphobia. I have no doubt about that at all.

      Jul 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @pithyscreenname: There are better options. There are jobs available for trans people. This was DC not Alabama. DC is pretty progressive when it comes to employment, marriage and rights in general.

      The being said, just cause she was on the corner doesn’t mean she was there to sell her wares.

      Jul 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sweetbrandigirl2004
      Sweetbrandigirl2004

      @Daez: Well She sure wasn’t selling girl scout cookies at 4;30 am

      Jul 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • xander
      xander

      No, manny, it’s you who deserves contempt. How dare you make light of a murder! Shame on your tiny troll brain.

      Jul 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Laughriotgirl
      Laughriotgirl

      @Manny: Way to break that stereotype that homos are clever and witty – you GO!

      Jul 23, 2011 at 1:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      Chocolate Momm Got Back

      Dec 22, 2011 at 6:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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