This Daily Mail piece has a couple of grammar errors but at least keeps pronouns on-track. This poor woman was beaten by someone she met on Facebook when she ran into him in public, and his friends teased him for flirting with “a guy.” The result was “trans panic” (yeesh) and she was beaten, and died. CNN reports today that the murder is being investigated as a hate crime, to which news most of us will say “duh.”
There is not enough evidence to know whether this was a hate-driven crime. There is proof however that it’s another heartbreaking tragedy, especially as she was a positive media influence via her role on “Hollywood Houseboys,” a YouTube series about gay and transgender friends.
I was asked why I had not been updating Transas City with some of the recent murders of transsexuals, and the reason was, well, they depressed me so much I wanted to avoid focusing on them. But that’s really self-defeating, and the word needs to get out.
July was a harsh month for transgender persons, especially transgender women. Below are reports of 6 transgender women who were murdered or brutally assaulted in just 3 weeks in July.
The week of July 8 (reports vary on what day it occurred), transgender woman Diamond Williams, 31, was murdered after having sexual relations with Charles Sargent, 43. Sargent, for reasons which aren’t completely known, murdered Diamond with a screwdriver and hatchet, dismembered her in his apartment, and dumped her body parts in a field in North Philadelphia. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/26/1226773/-Another-dead-transwoman-of-color-this-time-in-Philadelphia-again
On July 21 or 22, Dwayne Jones, a 16 year-old crossdresser or transgender woman in Jamaica was murdered after they attended a party dressed in women’s clothing. When someone at the party outed them as male, a gang of happy partygoers armed with knives and hatchets chased her into the night. Police found her body on the road, with multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound. http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/08/02/group-jamaica-must-probe-transgender-teen-slaying/
On July 25, Jatupon Ratworabood, a transgender woman, was shot while out clubbing in Bangkok, Thailand. Her murderer alleges she sat between him and his friend while riding on a motorbike, she “molested him,” which in his worldview was punishable by immediate summary execution. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/361710/transgender-shot-dead-in-khon-kaen
Also on July 25, a French transgender woman reported only as Myléne was brutally murdered with a hammer. The press in France, which is typically unkind to transgender persons, has referred to her as “he” and “male”, a crossdresser, etc. http://gaysportnews.com/2013/07/30/trans-woman-beaten-to-death-with-a-hammer-in-france/#sthash.IPOieIUd.GpOpvnSP.dpbs
On July 29 another transgender woman was killed in Turkey, making four this year, on top of 11 assaulted. Reported only as “Gaye,” she ran her own flower shop and had been in a relationship for 15 years. http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/07/transgender-woman-killed-in-istanbul-fourth-trans-victim-in-seven-months/
On July 30 another transgender woman was shot and remains in critical condition. It is not known in this case if her transgender status was responsible. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dncrime/Woman-hospitalized-after-being-shot-inside-Northern-Liberties-apartment.html
Some posthumous justice for 22-year-old Evon Young, a transgender rapper who also was known as Yung LT, killed in a gang-related killing with allegedly a hate crime motive.