Lives Lost to Anti-LGBTQ and Intimate Partner Violence
Though we strive to share stories of joy and resiliency, we must also honor and mourn those we have lost to violence. We hold their lives in our memory as we continue to fight violence in our lives and in our communities. Below are the names of the lives we have lost to anti-LGBTQ violence this year so far. Those who have a purple ribbon by their photo were lost as a result of intimate partner violence. For two decades of national reports on violence in and against LGBTQ communities, please visit our reports page.
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. If you need support in these difficult times or are experiencing violence, you can reach out to your local NCAVP member or call our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change.
Natalia Smüt, an Afro-Puerto Rican trans woman, was known in her community as a multi-faceted artist who brought joy to audiences as a drag performer.
Jahaira DeAlto Balenciaga, a Lebanese-American transgender woman, was well known and beloved as a community activist and ballroom performer in the House of Balenciaga.
Iris Santos, a Latinx two-spirited transgender woman, was a beloved tarot practitioner that worked to aid her community in life’s journey.
Nichelle Thomas, a Black queer woman, was a mother of two and is deeply grieved by her Emmanuel Baptist Church family.
Aidelen Evans, a Black transgender woman from Houston, Texas, is deeply mourned and remembered by her grandparents, friends, and the Balka family.
Rayanna Pardo, a Latinx transgender woman, is mourned by her sister, mother, and community. Many are working with the TransLatin@ Coalition to advocate for justice and keep her memory alive.
Kim Tova Wirtz, an Asian transgender woman, is mourned and remembered by her mother, niece, and family. Baltimore Safe Haven has organized a petition.
Diamond Kyree Sanders, a Black transgender woman, is deeply and lovingly remembered in a full obituary posted by her family here. Diamond loved to travel and enjoy family.
Jenna Franks, a white transgender woman, is remembered by her sister as being loved by many people. A local fund providing support to LGBTQ people experiencing joblessness and homelessness has been created in Jenna’s name.
Jeffrey Bright, a trans boy, was active in PRISM, a local non-profit outreach organization for the LGBTQ+ youth of Beaver County, Pa. He is lovingly remembered by PRISM, as a “beautiful person with the brightest eyes and smile.”
Alexus “Kimmy Icon” Braxton, a Black trans woman, worked as a hairstylist. She is mourned by her mother who is a board member of The Hollywood LGBTQ Council and a two-decade advocate for Black trans women.
Chyna Carrillo, a Latinx trans woman, worked as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home. She leaves behind her supportive mother, family, and friends who remember her as a joy.
Fifty Bandz, a Black trans woman, is remembered by friends and chosen family. She enjoyed dance, fashion, and attending parties.
Bobby Scott, a white gay cis man, worked as a manager of a Daytona Beach restaurant. He leaves behind a husband with who he shared an open marriage.
Dominique Jackson, a Black trans woman, was a beloved organizer, co-founder of BreakOut, an LGBTQ youth organization in Louisiana, the mother of Hause of Redd, and founder of Ladi Redd Inc.
Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, a Black trans woman, is remembered as thoughtful and generous by close friends. Bianca’s dreams included appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race and sharing life with her friends.
Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, a Puerto Rican transgender man, is remembered by local advocates who have called for justice for him and all LGBTQ people who have been killed in Puerto Rico.
Tyianna Alexander, a Black transgender woman, is remembered by friends and advocates as someone who “loved to dance, had a great sense of humor, enjoyed life when she could, and just wanted to be able to ‘vibe and thrive.'”