NCAVP mourns the death of Jayne Thompson, a 33-year-old white transgender woman, who was shot and killed by a police officer on May 11, 2020. Her death was not initially recognized as another loss of a trans woman, due to misgendering and deadnaming in the media and by police. While Jayne was killed in Colorado, she lived in Arizona.
The news of Jayne’s death came to light as yet another trans woman, Selena Reyes Hernandez’ death was revealed, similarly delayed due to deadnaming and misgendering by police, medical examiner, and media. News of Jayne’s loss also comes on the heels of the violent deaths of two Black trans women last week, Rem’mie Fells and Riah Milton, who died in a 24-hour period.
NCAVP stands in solidarity with all trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.