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NCAVP mourns the death of Jazzaline Ware, a Black trans woman in Memphis, Tennessee

NCAVP mourns the death of Jazzaline Ware, a Black trans woman, who was found dead in her Memphis apartment in March. According to the Transgender Law Center and local activists, Southerners on New Ground, Jazzaline’s death is being investigated as a homicide, but more information is not known.

Kayla Gore, southern regional organizer for Transgender Law Center at Southerners On New Ground shared that Jazzaline’s death occurred against a backdrop of state-sponsored discrimination and urged the public to fight discriminatory policy, stating, “When our elected officials shout from the mountain tops that trans and gender nonconforming people should have less access to public resources and fewer rights as cisgender people, anti- trans violence increases.  Right now, our community in Memphis is mourning the death of Jazzaline Ware, a Black trans woman and beloved friend. Trans women of color, especially Black trans women, are the targets of violence on the streets simply for existing. For that to change, the Slate of Hate must be stopped in the capitol building in Nashville.”

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.