NCAVP mourns the death of Queasha D Hardy, a 23-year-old Black transgender woman in Baton Rouge, LA

NCAVP mourns the death of Quesha D. Hardy, a 22-year-old black transgender woman who was fatally shot on July 27th in Baton Rouge, LA. Quesha is the at least 25th violent death of a trans or gender non-conforming person in 2020, and her murder was within 48 hours of Tiffany Harris.

Friends and family members have been mourning Queasha’s death on social media. Queasha was a hairstylist, and her Instagram feed showcases her work – her business operated under the name “So Federal Styles.” On Facebook, a video of Quesha dancing with friends has been shared, while others describe her as loyal, “always smiling,” and “one of a kind.” A GoFundMe has been arranged for a homegoing for Queasha, where people who knew Queasha write that she was someone who “loved to have fun,” and will be “truly missed.”

There is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about what happened is asked to call BRPD’s Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black 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.