NCAVP mourns the death of Antash’a English, a 38 year-old black transgender woman, in Jacksonville, FL. According to media reports, English was found between 2 houses suffering from a gunshot wound on Friday, June 1st. Before succumbing to her injury, she informed police that the suspect was wearing a gray hoodie and left in a grey four-door vehicle. Initial reports from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office misgendered and deadnamed the victim. Advocates and friends who knew her reached out to ensure accurate reporting.
English was very well-known and loved in the community and won many titles in the transgender pageantry circuit. Less than a month ago, she celebrated her first day at her new job.
A candlelight vigil and balloon release will be held followed by a benefit show at InCahoots Night Club where she was a featured performer for 10 years.
We send our love and care to her 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.