NCAVP mourns the death of Skylar Heath, a 20-year-old Black transgender woman in Miami, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Skylar Heath, a 20-year-old Black transgender woman who died on November 4 in Miami, FL. Her death is currently being investigated as a homicide.

In Skylar’s obituary, which unfortunately misgenders and deadnames her, she is described as “kind and gentle soul” with a “friendly spirit.” Skylar was born and raised in Miami, and raised by her grandmother and great grandmother.

Friends of Skylar report that the cause of her death was a shooting – local police ask that anyone with information contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers by calling (305) 471-TIPS (8477)

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.