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NCAVP mourns the death of Claire Legato, a 21-year-old Black trans woman in Cleveland, Ohio

NCAVP mourns the death of Claire Legato, a 21-year-old Black trans woman in Cleveland, Ohio. According to media reports, Claire died on May 15th, exactly one month after being shot, after an argument she and her mother were reported to have had with John Booth, 61.

Aaron Eckhardt, Director of BRAVO, one of NCAVP’s members, says, “Our hearts, minds, and condolences are with Claire’s chosen family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy. We at BRAVO are saddened and remain outraged as our communities continue to be repeatedly targeted, and we remain steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio. We must continue to come together as a broad community of support to say hate has no home in Ohio until hate has no home anywhere.”

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.