NCAVP mourns the death of Nicole Hall, a 39 year old black transgender woman, in Dallas, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Nicole Hall, a 39 year old black transgender woman, who was found on Saturday, May 12 in White Rock Creek in Dallas, TX. According to the Dallas Police Department (tw: deadnaming and misgendering), the cause and time of death is unknown at this time.

Hall is described as ‘full of life’ and a pioneer in the Texas Black Trans Community. If you have any information, please call 214-671-3650.

A GofundMe has been set up to help raise money for final arrangments. We send our love and care to her friends and loved ones.

In memoriam of Nicole Hall.

It is never easy to read reports of violence against our communities. NCAVP is available to provide support and counseling. To find your local NCAVP member, please visit avp.org/ncavp-members/.

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 28 year old Gigi Pierce in Portland, OR

NCAVP mourns the death of Gigi Pierce, a 28 year old transgender woman, who was shot late Monday evening on May 21, 2018 in Portland, OR. According to reports, there was an argument between Pierce and the suspect, 33 year old Sophia Adler, which then escalated to the unfortunate outcome. Adler remained at the scene and was then arrested by Portland police.

A witness, who was a friend of Pierce, said she was trying to provide assistance to Adler as she was known by many to help those in need, including at the shelter where Adler lived. This marks the 10th known homicide of a transgender person.

We send our love and care to Pierce’s friends and loved ones.

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 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 Nino Fortson in Atlanta, GA

NCAVP mourns the death of Nino Fortson, aka Nino Starr, who was shot on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. According to reports, there was an argument between Fortson and 4 others that then escalated to one of the others shooting them multiple times. Fortson was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they succumbed to injuries. The suspect(s) is still at large at press time.

Nino Fortson was gender non-conforming/genderqueer and many loved ones who shared their sadness via social media have used ‘he/his’ and ‘she/her’ pronouns. Fortson was a part of the Atlanta ballroom scene and regularly competed in the ‘butch realness’ category.

We send our love to Forton’s wife, friends, and loved ones.

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 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 Karla Patricia Pavón in Dallas, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Karla Patricia Pavón, a transgender woman of color, in Dallas, TX. According to reports, she was choked to death in her home. Police have arrested 24-year-old Jimmy Eugene Johnson III and believe robbery may have been the motive as Pavón’s items were found in his car. This is the 9th reported loss of a trans-person and the 7th trans-person of color this year.

While we mourn those we have lost to violence and hold their lives in our memory, we must continue to work to end violence in our lives and in our communities. If 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.

We send our love to Pavón’s friends, family, and loved ones.

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.

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.

 
This post has been updated as of May 22, 2018.
 

NCAVP mourns the death of Jeremy Sanchez in Los Angeles, CA

NCAVP mourns the death of Jeremy Sanchez, a 17 year old bisexual student-athlete at South El Monte High School in Los Angeles, CA. According to media reports, he was found at the San Gabriel River Trail with multiple stab wounds.

Sanchez’s father lead a search for him after school administrators reported that he hadn’t shown up for class. One of the teens who helped in the search and made the discovery at the San Gabriel River Trail on Wednesday, April 18 was also romantically involved with Sanchez. The next day he was arrested on suspicion of murder and is now awaiting arraignment. While investigators are still looking for motive, it is rumored that Sanchez because broke with the teen and then asked a girl to prom.

School administrators and friends of Sanchez say while he was bullied at school, he was well-known and made people laugh. Grief counselors have been made available to the students at the school. A GoFundMe page has been created to help support his family.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of Jeremy Sanchez.

LGBTQ people deserve and have the right to identity affirming resources around intimate partner violence. If you are or someone you know is experiencing violence in your relationship or from an ex-partner, reach out for help and support. NCAVP is here to help you find local resources and to help you if you experience barriers to accessing support.

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 and/or call our 24 hour English/Spanish bilingual hotline at 212-714-1141.

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 Antonio Barnes in Beltsville, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of Antonio Barnes, a black man of 27 years, who was found stabbed in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Beltsville, MD on March 14. Barnes lost his life at the hands of his boyfriend, Canaan Peterson. According to media reports, police were responding to a welfare check call and discovered Barnes injured on the sidewalk. He succumbed to his injuries a few hours later at a nearby hospital. On April 13, police charged Peterson with first-degree murder and other related charges.

His younger sister, Destiny Barnes, described Antonio as her best friend who fought to change his life “fighting and going through gangs.” He was a Washington D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC), worked with the Board of Elections, and was a dedicated community advocate.

LGBTQ people deserve and have the right to identity affirming resources around intimate partner violence. If you are or someone you know is experiencing violence in your relationship or from an ex-partner, reach out for help and support. NCAVP is here to help you find local resources and to help you if you experience barriers to accessing support.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the Barnes family with funeral expenses. We send our condolences to Antonio Barnes’ family and loved ones.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, call our 24-hour English/Spanish bilingual hotline at 212-714-1141.

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 Tiffany Scotland in Redmond, WA

NCAVP mourns the death of Tiffany Scotland in Redmond, WA. On March 29, the 26 year old woman was strangled and stabbed by her wife, Aterraka Scotland, after an argument over an alleged affair. Aterraka was arrested on April 4 and charged with second-degree murder. According to media reports, a friend and cousin may have been involved in helping Aterraka cover up the incident. It is not clear if they will be charged.

LGBTQ people deserve and have the right to identity affirming resources around intimate partner violence. If you are experiencing violence in your relationship, reach out for help and support. NCAVP is here to help you find local resources and to help you if you experience barriers to accessing support.

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.

We send our condolences to Tiffany Scotland’s family and loved ones.

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. Read the full list here.

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 Leon Frazier III in West Park, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Leon Frazier III, a black man of 60 years, who was fatally stabbed on the evening of April 9 in West Park, FL. According to local media reports, Johnny Edward Granger, 53, confessed to the crime and has been arrested. Granger is facing a premeditated murder charge and being held without bond.

Both Frazier and Granger were housemates at the rooming house where the incident occurred. Granger said he stabbed Frazier because he thought he was “making sexual advances” toward him.

Frazier, who had just celebrated his 60th birthday, is remembered by family and friends as a lively person and talented musician. We send our love and care to his loved ones.

As we reported in the NCAVP Crisis of Hate report there has been a significant increase in reports of anti-LGBTQ homicides of queer, bi, and gay cisgender men. Of the homicides reported, 32% knew the offender. We must promote affirming and factual messaging around sex and sexuality to remove the stigma and thus create safe spaces for our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member.

We encourage LGBTQ and HIV-affected community members to get support and stay safe, including when dating or hooking up online. We can help even if the incident isn’t reported to the police and we keep all information confidential.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If 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 Sasha Wall in Chesterfield County, SC

NCAVP mourns the death of Sasha Wall, a black transgender woman of 29 years, in Chesterfield County, SC. According to reports, a passing motorist found Wall in her vehicle on the side of the road. Unfortunately, it was too late as she succumbed to her injuries from being shot several times.

Media outlets initially misgendered and deadnamed; we have reached out to request an update to accurately reflect her gender identity. Investigators say she may have known the shooter who is still at large at this time.

Misgendering and/or deadnaming can attribute to the misreporting, or lack of reporting, of deaths of transgender people and hate violence related incidents.

The loss of Sasha Wall marks the 8th reported death of a transgender person and 5th transgender person of color in 2018.

We send our love to her family and loved ones.

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 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 Amia Tyrae Berryman in Baton Rouge, LA

NCAVP mourns the death of Amia Tyrae Berryman, 28-year old black transgender woman, in Baton Rouge, LA. According to reports, Berryman was fatally shot at a motel on the morning of March 26, 2018. The local news station misgendered Berryman but advocacy organizations like the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) have reached out to ensure accurate reporting and to reflect her gender identity. Investigators are still looking for a suspect(s) at this time.

It’s vital that media and police accurately gender and name people when reporting on LGBTQ homicides to honor their lives and to accurately provide information to the community. Misgendering and/or deadnaming can attribute to the misreporting, or lack of reporting, of deaths of transgender people and hate violence related incidents.

We send our love and care to her family and loved ones.

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 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.