Three Black Trans Women Murdered in April

acoff-2Three unsolved murders of transgender women of color last month continues a disturbing trend of murders of transgender and gender non-conforming women and people of color in the past few years, says the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

According to a press release from the NCAVP:On Wednesday, April 3, Kelly Young (left), a 29-year-old black transgender woman, was found shot to death inside a home in Baltimore, Maryland.

kelly-youngThen on Thursday, April 4, 30-year-old Ashley Sinclair, a black transgender woman, was found shot to death in a wooded area in the Oak Ridge section of Orange County, Florida.
And on April 30, another young black transgender woman, Cemia Dove (right) also known as Ci Ci was found on April 17 in a retention pond in Olmsted Township, Ohio.  Dove, a 20-year-old woman, had multiple stab wounds, was tied to a concrete block, and was found naked from the waist down.  As of April 30, all three of these homicides remain unsolved.[…]

NCAVP’s most recent report on hate violence, documented 30 anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2011, the highest number ever recorded by the coalition.  Transgender women made up 40% of the 30 reported hate murders in 2011, while representing only 10% of total hate violence survivors and victims.  Of the 30 reported hate murder victims in 2011, 87% were LGBTQ people of color.

NCAVP has partnered with the National Black Justice Coalition to bring attention to these unsolved murders, ensure that the lives of the victims are not forgotten or overlooked, and to suport the local communities affected by hate violence.

“Enough is enough. Three unsolved homicides within one month should elicit a national outcry,” said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director and CEO at NBJC.  “How many more lives must be lost before we take serious action to stop this madness?”

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