NCAVP mourns the death of Diamond Stephens, a 39 year-old black transgender woman, in Meridian, MS. As reported in Transgriot, Stephens was found dead on Monday, June 18 from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Meridian police are still looking for a suspect and motive. This marks the 11th loss of a black transgender woman in 2018.
NCAVP was made aware of the incident only recently due to police and news media misgendering and deadnaming the victim in reports.
A vigil was held to celebrate her incredible personality and her life. Police and family members encourage anyone with information to call 855-485-8477.
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.