NCAVP mourns the death of Muhlaysia Booker, a 23-year-old black trans woman in Dallas, Texas. According to media reports, Muhlaysia died on May 18th, as a result of a gunshot wound, just one month after a that showed her being brutally beaten went viral, in what authorities are calling a separate incident, although according to reports, the whereabouts of the person who attacked Muhlaysia, Edward Thomas, are currently unknown. Muhlaysia was one of three Black trans women to die through homicide in a five-day period.
Dallas’ Abounding Prosperity Group rallied with Booker in a public display against hate crimes against black trans women after her attack. The group issued a statement after Muhlaysia’s death, stating she “was a courageous young woman who was seeking justice for the brutal attack launched against her on April 12, 2019. To learn today that her young life was taken by homicidal violence early Saturday morning is heartbreaking, yet it inspires us to further demand justice on behalf of our fallen sister. This incidence of African American Transwomen being murdered has become too frequent and it must be stopped.”
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.