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.
Angel Naira, a Black transgender woman, is mourned by her family and community. Her brother writes, “She had a big heart and would do anything for her family and friends.”
Marquiisha Lawrence, also known as Quii, is a Black transgender woman mourned by her community. Eboni Sinclaire, Lawrence’s chosen mother grieves, “She will forever be remembered by her infectious smile and her heart of gold.”
Jenny De Leon, a Latina transgender woman, is mourned by her family and community. Jenny’s sister remembers her as “a wonderful person with a beautiful soul who touched the lives of those around her.”
Rikkey Outumuro, also known as Tru Starlet, a Latina transgender woman, is mourned by her friends and family. One friend shared that she was, “an incredible advocate for the queer and trans community for nearly 20 years. Her uncle wrote, “Rikkey was many things. Daughter. Sister. Niece. Cousin. Mom. Advocate. Defender. Friend. And proudly trans.”
Jo Acker, a White transgender woman, is survived by a daughter and is remembered by her family as loving, kind, and the voice of reason. “I know she would have wanted to make everyone else safe,” says her partner, Ray Dawn.
Jessi Hart, a White transgender woman, is survived by a son and a daughter. Her friend, Audrey Savage, remembers, “She was intelligent and thoughtful and caring, and I loved her quirks.”
Mel Groves, a Black transgender man, was a student at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, studying plant and soil science. He is mourned by his friends and community, who remember him for his “generous heart” and his extensive knowledge of plants.
Royal Poetical Starz, a Black transgender woman, is remembered as a talented singer. Her online obituary reads, “She left a lasting impression on everyone that she met. Her infectious smile and bigger-than-life personality brightened every room that she walked into.”
Kiér Laprí Kartier Solomon, a Black transgender woman, is mourned by her friends and family. “Everybody just loved who she was,” remembers friend DayVion Haggerty.
Brianna Ulmer, also known as Brianna Hamilton, a Black transgender woman, is survived by her mother and three sisters. Her sister Janiece Lewis remembers her, “It was never going to be a dull moment with Brianna, she’d never let you down.”
Disaya Monaee Smith, a Black transgender woman, is remembered by her mother, Latrina Banks, “[She] loved to dress, she loved to party, she loved to cook, she loved to do her hair, she loved to take care of people.”
Zoey Rose Martinez, a Latina transgender woman, is mourned by her family. “Zoey had a beautiful spirit, she always had a smile and had only kind words to say about others,” they told HRC.
Pooh Johnson, a Black transgender woman, was originally from New Orleans. She worked as a makeup artist under the name Titanizer Mua, providing services to a growing clientele and community.
Coco Chanel Wortham, also known as Miss CoCo, a Black transgender woman, was known as a master cosmetologist and is survived by her sister, Summer “Diva” Rodriguez-White. She is remembered by Nu Trans Movement as “a well-known small girl with a big, bubbly personality.”
Shai Vanderpump, a Black transgender woman, is mourned by her friends and family. An online obituary remembers Shai as having a “heart of gold.” Garden State Equality – an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization based in New Jersey – also described Shai as a “fierce LGBTQ advocate.”
Taya Ashton, a Black transgender woman, is mourned by her family and community. Her aunt, Diamond Anderson, remembers her as a go-getter, “a full-circle type of person” who single-handedly “manifested any and everything.” She dreamed of one day having her own clothing store and was saving up money to buy a Tesla.
EJ Boykin, also known as Novaa Watson, a Black transgender man, was studying at Morgan State University. He is remembered by longtime friend, Torri Chippe, “He was one of those people that was just good vibes and energy.”
Tierramarie Lewis, a Black transgender woman, is mourned by her community. “A great kindness shone through her soul, along with an energy to thrive in this world – the same energy that spun her around the room in dance, in laughter, and in smiles. She rejoiced in her life,” said Eliana Turan, Director of Development at The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland.
Oliver “Ollie” Taylor, a White transgender boy, is remembered and mourned by his family and community as “an amazing child with a quirky sense of humor, who impacted so many people.”
Poe Black, an Indigenous transgender man, is remembered by his friends and family as an artist and activist. He was “a young, beautiful soul,” according to his cousin Lori Brammar.
Serenity Hollis, a Black transgender woman, is survived by her mother and two sisters. “The person that’s responsible has no idea what they took from us, absolutely no idea what he took from us,” said Serenity’s mother, Robyn Osberry.
Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, an Indigenous non-binary person, was Shawnee by birth and Potawatomi by relations. They are remembered warmly by their friends and community.
Sophie Arrieta Vasquez was a Latina transgender woman and immigrant from Costa Rica. She was a member of Community Estrella, where she worked to help and support the trans and Latinx community. She is remembered lovingly by her family and community.
Danika “Danny” Henson, a Black transgender woman, is remembered by her friends as “the embodiment of love.” She is survived by her brother Daniel, who wants justice for Danika.
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.
Thomas Hardin, a Black transgender woman, is remembered by her family and friends as a “wisecracker” who “always kept you laughing.”
Keri Washington, a Black transgender woman, went by the nickname “Bobo” and is lovingly remembered by her friends as “the real deal slay queen.”
Tiffany Thomas, a Black transgender woman, is mourned by her community and friends. She is remembered as someone with a “big heart” who was “funny” and always “stayed laughing.”
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.
Iris Santos, a Latinx two-spirited transgender woman, was a beloved tarot practitioner that worked to aid her community in life’s journey.
Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, a Puerto Rican transgender woman, is remembered fondly as a “happy person” and a “sincere friend,” in many online tributes. An alumni of Universidad del Turabo, Serena maintained a YouTube channel teaching her audience about her personal spiritual practices.
Tiara Banks, a Black transgender woman, is mourned by her community. The HRC stated, “At just 24 years old, Tiara had her whole entire life ahead of her and, instead, we are remembering her because of the ongoing fatal violence against transgender people. We must continue to urge everyone to call an end to the alarming rate of fatal trans violence.”
Remy Fennell, a Black transgender woman, worked as a hairstylist and entrepreneur. She is remembered by her friends and family as a bold, outspoken, and loveable person.
Dominique Lucious, a Black transgender woman, is remembered by her friends as “fierce and glam.” PFLAG and GLO held a vigil in her honor. GLO stated, “This murder and the other senseless slaying of trans folks must be contextualized within the anti-trans rhetoric and actions taken by too many… Rest In Peace, Dominique Luscious.”
Jaida Peterson, a Black transgender woman, is mourned and remembered by her friends and family. In a tribute online, her sister shared, “You are going to be truly missed and once again we love you always.”
Aidelen Evans, a Black transgender woman from Houston, Texas, is deeply mourned. She is remembered and survived 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.
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.
Kim Tova Wirtz, an Asian transgender woman, is mourned and remembered by her mother, niece, and family. Baltimore Safe Haven has organized a petition.
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.
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.
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.”
Jasmine Cannady, a non-binary person who loved to dance, is remembered by PRISM — an outreach program for the LGBTQ+ youth of Beaver County — as a “sweet, shy, and artitic soul.”
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.
Fifty Bandz, a Black trans woman, is remembered by friends and chosen family. She enjoyed dance, fashion, and attending parties.
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.'”