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NCAVP mourns the death of Kashmire Redd, a black transgender man who was fatally stabbed by his partner, Doris E. Carrasquillo, on September 4. Redd, who was 28 years old, was shot by 40-year-old Carrasquillo after a domestic dispute. Though little is known about the circumstances of the killing, media reports indicate that police had previously been called to the apartment that the two shared. Carrasquillo has been charged with second-degree murder for Redd’s death.
We mourn the loss of Kashmire Redd, who is the 13th LGTBQ victim of fatal intimate partner violence NCAVP has counted this year, and send love and care to his friends and loved ones. Though not often talked about, intimate partner violence (IPV) affects lesbian, bisexual, and gay people at the same or higher rates than non-LGB people. Transgender people in particular experience IPV at higher rates – about 30 to 50%, compared to 28 to 33% of the general population. However, LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination and violence when accessing care and support around relationship violence.
Working together to support each other as a community, and helping support those who might be in abusive relationships, is crucial to helping prevent intimate partner violence before it escalates. In doing so, we must also work to enrich our narratives and models of what healthy, loving LGBTQ relationships look like, and support each other in understanding and learning that we are all deserving of love, as a community and as individuals.
In memory of Kashmire Redd.
NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.