NCAVP mourns the death of 17-year-old Bailey Reeves, a Black transgender woman in Baltimore, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of 17-year-old Bailey Reeves, a Black transgender woman in Baltimore, MD whose life was tragically taken on September 2, 2019.

According to local reports, Bailey Reeves and friends were met with violence on Labor Day when Bailey was shot to death. Reeves’ death raises the number of trans peopled killed to 17, most of which are Black trans women. The majority of deaths have been due to gun violence. As more details of the story develop, our condolences are with Bailey Reeves’ family, friends, and community.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 43-year-old Therese Bradley Horton, a Black queer woman in Atlanta, GA

NCAVP mourns the death of 43-year-old Therese Bradley Horton, a Black queer woman in Atlanta, GA whose life was tragically taken on August 4, 2019.

According to local reports, Therese Bradley Horton became a victim of fatal intimate partner violence when her girlfriend, Candace Morgan, 35, chased and shot her outside of an entertainment complex in Atlanta, GA. Morgan is currently charged with murder and investigations are ongoing. NCAVP’s latest report, issued earlier this year, Hate Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected Communities in 2017, highlights LGBTQ people’s risk for severe and fatal intimate partner violence, as well as hate violence. Our condolences are with Therese Horton’s family, friends, and community.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 21-year-old Te’a Denise Liger, a Black queer woman in Atlanta, GA

NCAVP mourns the death of 21-year-old Te’a Denise Liger, a Black queer woman in Atlanta, GA whose life was tragically taken on August 21, 2019.

Te’a is remembered as a star athlete, musical artist, and recent graduate from Kell High School in Marietta. She was also a student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. According to local reports, Te’a was one of three people who was robbed and assaulted before succumbing to fatal injuries after being shot. Her mother mournfully told WSB-TV, “She was an artist in every way, painting, music and was the brightest spirit… They took her away from her brothers and she won’t be a hashtag or a face on a shirt. She wanted to be a change.” As investigations continue, police have charged one man with multiple counts of assault.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 22-year-old Jordan Cofer, a white transgender man in Dayton, OH

NCAVP mourns the death of 22-year-old Jordan Cofer, a white transgender man who was one of the  victims in the Dayton, OH mass shooting, August 4, and sibling of the shooter. While it is not apparent whether biased played a role in Jordan’s death, he is the 14th known transgender person to die by way of homicide. A close friend remembers Jordan as, “one of the sweetest people you would ever meet, a true saint… He tried to give the best to everyone.”

The National Center for Transgender Equality released the following statement about Jordan’s death: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Jordan as well as eight others in this tragic and violent act. Mass gun violence is an epidemic in this country and deserving of swift and immediate action by lawmakers at all levels of government. We join the nation in mourning for every community impacted by gun violence.”

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 22-year-old Tracy Single, a Black transgender woman in Houston, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of 22-year-old Tracy Single, a Black transgender woman in Houston, TX whose life was tragically taken on July 30, 2019. Reports of Tracy’s death are making media two weeks following her death thanks to the work of Houston-based journalist and organizer Monica Roberts of TransGriot. In initial reports of the homicide, Tracy was not identified as trans.

The City of Houston is honoring Tracy’s life by displaying the trans pride flag colors on City Hall. If you have any information on her death, local organizers are encouraging folks to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 24-year-old Pebbles LaDime Doe, a Black transgender woman in Allendale, SC

NCAVP mourns the death of 24-year-old Pebbles LaDime Doe, a Black transgender woman in Allendale, SC whose life was tragically taken on Sunday, August 4, 2019. While Pebbles’ untimely death is under investigation, details remain unclear. In initial reports, local media and police deadnamed and misgendered Pebbles, a practice that furthers harm and discrimination against transgender people. Her family says, “ always been a friendly person to everyone. The joy of anyone’s life.”

The Alliance for Full Acceptance issued a statement at the news of Doe’s death.

“While our community is still reeling from the murder of one of our transgender sisters in North Charleston just two weeks ago, we now learn that a second black trans woman has been murdered not even one hundred miles away.  We are sounding the alarm— We are in an absolute state of emergency for black transgender women.

“ We are at a crisis point that demands the nation’s attention,” the Alliance for Full Acceptance continued. “At this moment, there is no sense of peace or security for our transgender community— and there won’t be until their lives are truly respected and valued by society.”

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 21-year-old Kiki Fantroy, a Black transgender woman in Miami, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of 21-year-old Kiki Fantroy, a Black transgender woman in Miami, FL whose life was tragically taken on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. In initial reports, local media and police deadnamed and misgendered Kiki. Her mother says the 21-year-old was returning from a party with friends when they were approached by a group of men who propositioned them for sex. After refusing their advances, Kiki was fatally shot a few minutes away from her home.

Police are currently seeking suspects.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 29-year-old Denali Berries Stuckey, a Black transgender woman in Charleston, SC

NCAVP mourns the death of 29-year-old Denali Berries Stuckey, a Black transgender woman in North Charleston, South Carolina, whose life was tragically lost to gun violence on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Denali is currently the 12th known transgender woman to die by way of violence this year, all of which were Black American.

In initial reports, the North Charleston Deputy Coroner, Kimberly Rhoton, and local media deadnamed and misgendered Denali. While the initial report has since been corrected, the practice of deadnaming and misgendering trans and gender non-conforming people contributes to the physical and fatal violence waged against the TGNC community, as well as the underreporting of hate violence homicides.

Denali’s cousin Ron’Rico Judon, the Vice President of Charleston Black Pride, told BuzzFeed News, “She always wanted to change the world through her work and advocacy by being a role model to other LGBT-identified people in the community,” Judon, who is also the vice president of Charleston Black Pride, said. “She just wanted to make sure she was a positive role model.”

The North Charleston Police Department is currently investigating Stuckey’s death as a homicide

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

 

NCAVP mourns the death of 17-year-old Bianca Devins, an asexual white teen in Utica, NY

NCAVP mourns the death of 17-year-old Bianca Devins, an asexual teen in Utica, NY, whose life was tragically and publicly taken, July 14, 2019. According to media reports, Bianca Devins was a recent graduate of Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, New York who grew an online following through frequently posting photos on Instagram and Tumblr about video games, asexuality, and anime. Mourning friends say she was active in gaming and other online communities and served as an inspiration for creative expression.

The Devins’ family issued a statement through police thanking friends and family for their prayers, “Bianca’s smile brightened our lives. She will always be remembered as our princess.”

Devins’ sister wrote on Instagram, “Thank you for being the best sister I could ever imagine Thank you for always protecting me and sticking up for me. I am going to do this for you.”

The 21 year old suspect, Brandon Clark, has been identified and is slated to face charges in the forthcoming days.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.

 

NCAVP mourns the death of Melvin “Lee” Mecker, a 58-year-old white cisgender gay man in Kansas City, MO

NCAVP mourns the death of Melvin “Lee” Mecker, a 58-year old-white cisgender gay man in Kansas City, MO, who passed on April 10, 2019 due to an explosive fire in his home.  Mecker was the owner of Buddies, a beloved local bar in Kansas City. Mourning friends commented, “If you needed a hand out and he could do it, he would do it for you. He was a really great guy,” and “Lee is the type of person who didn’t turn his back on folks. He sees the good in everybody and he tried. ”

According to local media, Mecker reported experiences of intimate partner violence to the police on more than one occasion. After months of investigation, police ruled Mecker’s death a homicide, with no current suspects.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.