NCAVP mourns the hate violence homicide of TeeTee Dangerfield in College Park, GA

NCAVP mourns the death of TeeTee Dangerfield, a Black transgender woman, who was fatally shot while parked in her vehicle on the morning of July 31, according to media reports. No suspect and no motive have been reported in her homicide, though College Park police are pursuing leads.

We mourn the loss of TeeTee Dangerfield, who was described by her cousin as “just an all-around beautiful person” and “an amazing soul,” and who is the 16th transgender woman of color and the 13th Black transgender woman we have lost to fatal violence this year. We see again and again that black transgender women are disproportionately and overwhelmingly affected by hate violence, and that this violence is all too often fatal. This cannot go on. We call upon our communities of many identities- LGBTQ, Black, of color- to embrace our transgender sisters and support each other through economic empowerment and narratives of strength and love.

We send love and care to the friends and loved ones of TeeTee Dangerfield. To support TeeTee’s family with burial and funeral costs, please visit their fundraiser here.

In memory of TeeTee Dangerfield.

NCAVP mourns the hate violence homicide of Rodriguez Montez Burks, in Munising, MI

NCAVP mourns the death of Rodriguez Montez Burks, a Black gay man who was killed by a fellow inmate in his cell at the Alger County Correctional Facility on July 20. According to media reports, prior to his death, prison staff ignored both Burks’s and his cellmate’s requests to be separated, the issue being Burks’s sexual identity.

We mourn the death of Rodriguez Montez Burks, and send love and care to his friends and loved ones. Furthermore, we condemn the systemic violence that led up to his death from fatal, homophobic hate violence, which was only exacerbated by the way the prison system treats LGBTQ inmates. LGBTQ prisoners are more likely to experience mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization while incarcerated, and Burks’s death came as a direct consequence of prison staff’s refusal to protect him.

LGBTQ organizations across the country, such as NCAVP member program Trans Pride Initiative in Dallas, Texas and Black and Pink, are working to end violence in the prison system. Learn more and get involved and ensure that all LGBTQ people can live free from violence.

In memory of Rodriguez Montez Burks.