Never Forget

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Paying Tribute To 10 Victims of Violence


Lashai Mclean, 23

Location: Washington, D.C.
Died: July 20, 2011

At 4:30 am on a Wednesday morning, Lashai McLean was shot in the back just a few blocks from the LGBT-youth shelter McLean had been staying at in Northeast DC. A vigil was held days after her death and though police interrogated two suspects, no arrests have been made in the case. At least Washington, DC, Mayor Vincent Gray had the right reaction: “Every homicide in the District of Columbia is a tragedy for which the perpetrators must be brought to swift justice,” he told reporters. “However, if the investigation concludes that this shooting was the result of bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity… my administration will see that there is an appropriate response to this kind of violence, which cannot be tolerated.”