violence

Can't go more than a week or two, it seems

Somewhen near 4:15 local time in Baltimore this morning, witnesses heard someone screaming for help. Then they heard gunshots.

Two black men were seen running from the scene. They climbed into a dark colored car and took off.

When police arrived, they discovered that a 38-year-old transgender woman had been shot in the stomach. The victim was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.

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This is what hate looks like

Residents of Casa Ruby, a LGBT youth community center and shelter in Washington, D.C., were preparing to turn on a movie on Sunday afternoon to distract themselves from the cold late-winter day.

But before they could settle down in their warm, safe space, a visitor stood up, assaulted a staff member, threw a brick, shattered the glass door, and threatened to return to kill someone.

--Think Progress

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Life can seem especially fragile

I'm not doing so well coming up with fresh titles lately. Three days in a row with the same damn topic can do that.

 photo Jaquarrius_zpso2i1zye5.jpgJaquarrius Holland was an 18-year-old transgender woman living in Monroe, Louisiana.

I'm willing to bet that anyone who has followed me lately can finish this story based on my use of the past tense in the previous sentence. But I shall push on anyway.

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Make it stop

I'm pretty sure it was yesterday that I wrote about the murders of two transgender women...one in New Orleans on Saturday evening and one in Chicago last Tuesday.

Well, another day older and deeper in debt...

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Another

Friday evening police were called to a Sioux Falls apartment building because a juvenile reported a strong odor emanating from a neighbor's apartment. Investigators discovered the body of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28-year-old transgender woman. She reportedly had been stabbed to death.

Ms. Wounded Arrow was an Oglala Lakota who grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

A vigil was held outside the building on Saturday evening.

We need justice and we will get it.

I’m still in shock. I keep thinking she’s going to text me or come up here.

I always judge myself more severely than everyone around me. She made me feel like I could be myself.

--Franklin Whiting, Jr, friend and neighbor

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