NCAVP mourns the death of Sasha Wall in Chesterfield County, SC

NCAVP mourns the death of Sasha Wall, a black transgender woman of 29 years, in Chesterfield County, SC. According to reports, a passing motorist found Wall in her vehicle on the side of the road. Unfortunately, it was too late as she succumbed to her injuries from being shot several times.

Media outlets initially misgendered and deadnamed; we have reached out to request an update to accurately reflect her gender identity. Investigators say she may have known the shooter who is still at large at this time.

Misgendering and/or deadnaming can attribute to the misreporting, or lack of reporting, of deaths of transgender people and hate violence related incidents.

The loss of Sasha Wall marks the 8th reported death of a transgender person and 5th transgender person of color in 2018.

We send our love to her family and loved ones.

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.

NCAVP mourns the homicide of Giovanni Melton in Henderson, NV

NCAVP mourns the death of Giovanni Melton, a 14-year-old gay Black teenager who was killed on October 2nd, 2017. According to media reports, Giovanni was fatally shot by his father, Wendell Melton, over Giovanni’s sexuality and the fact that Giovanni had a boyfriend. His former foster mother, Sonja Jones, said: “Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years.”

We mourn the loss of Giovanni Melton, who at 14, is the youngest LGBTQ person we have lost to hate violence and domestic violence this year, and send love and care to his friends and loved ones. Giovanni was remembered as a selfless friend who brought joy to everyone he met, and we are saddened that such a young light has been lost.

We must work to create and protect safe, supportive, and affirming environments for LGBTQ youth at all points in their lives. And we must do the difficult work of reaching out to the people we know and love in order to address the homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia that persists in our communities of color and other marginalized identities.

In memory of Giovanni Melton.

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. Read the full list here.

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.

NCAVP mourns the homicide of Elizabeth Stephanie Montez in Corpus Christi, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Elizabeth Stephanie Montez, a transgender Latinx woman, killed in Corpus Christi, Texas, on October 21, 2017. According to media reports, 47-year-old Montez, who is at least the 25th transgender and gender-nonconforming person killed in 2017, had been fatally shot multiple times, and police are investigating her death as a homicide, though the investigation is still in its early stages. Media reports initially misgendered and dead-named Montez.

We mourn the loss of Elizabeth Stephanie Montez, who was a beloved performer, dancer, and friend. She is remembered in a loving obituary as “One of the most beautiful, kind, gentle, and loving human beings we have ever known. She was never afraid or ashamed to be true to herself or anyone else. She was the sweetest most kind, most courageous, most selfless person that would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need and most often did.” We must work to ensure that our LGBT elders, especially transgender and gender non-conforming elders, are uplifted and supported at all points in their lives.

Local organization, PFLAG Corpus Christi, is organizing a transgender rights rally on Saturday, November 4. Said PFLAG Corpus Christi President Kathy Huff: “We are calling for not only an end to the violence against trans women, but also for gender identity to be added to the hate crime laws in Texas, as well as within anti-discrimination laws along with sexual orientation.” The rally calls for justice for the transgender community, for action on a local level, and for equality.

In memory of Elizabeth Stephanie Montez.

For more information about the upcoming rally and PFLAG Corpus Christi, visit https://www.facebook.com/pflagcct.

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.

NCAVP mourns the police violence homicide of Scout Schultz in Atlanta, GA

NCAVP mourns the death of Scout Schultz, who was shot and killed on September 16th, 2017 by Georgia Tech Campus Police in Atlanta, Georgia. According to press reports, Schultz was in emotional distress when they walked toward police carrying a knife before they were shot. It has been reported that Schultz identified as nonbinary, bisexual, and intersex, used they/them pronouns, and was the president of Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance. Protests were held on the Georgia Tech campus following Schultz’s death.

We mourn the loss of Scout Schultz, and send love and care to their friends and loved ones. Schultz’s family spoke out, sharing that they had a history of emotional and mental health issues and had attempted to self-harm in the past. Georgia Tech Campus Police responded with deadly force, which Schultz’s family has said they do not believe was necessary and plan to bring a civil rights lawsuit.

Each year, NCAVP records homicides where police use excessive force against our communities, especially transgender and gender non-conforming people and LGBTQ people of color. We join so many in our communities demanding justice and accountability for Scout Schultz’s homicide at the hands of the police, and calling for increased competency by police in responding to individuals who are manifesting signs and symptoms of mental illness.

In memory of Scout Schultz.

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.

NCAVP mourns the possible hate violence homicide of Derricka Banner in Charlotte, NC

NCAVP mourns the death of Derricka Banner, a Black transgender woman who was shot and killed in a vehicle early Tuesday morning, September 12th, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  According to a statement by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Montavious Sanchez Berry, age 18, has been arrested and charged with murder, armed robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle. So far in 2017, we have lost 21 transgender and gender non-conforming people to homicide, and of that number, 18 have been transgender women of color.

We mourn the loss of Derricka Banner, and send love and care to her friends and loved ones. “All of us need to be working to keep transgender people safe in our communities, and to support our trans friends and family members as they grieve and heal,” said LaLa Zannell, Lead Organizer at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

Though we ask our allies and community members to pledge #IWillNotStandBy when witnessing violence on public transportation or on the street, we also know that it can be very dangerous to intervene, and that every incident of violence is different. Learn how to intervene safely, and be sure to assess the situation before intervening. Visit #IWillNotStandBy to learn tips on bystander intervention.

In memory of Derricka Banner.

 

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.

NCAVP mourns the possible hate violence homicide of Bubbles (Anthony Torres) in San Francisco, CA

NCAVP mourns the death of Anthony Torres, also known as Bubbles, who was fatally shot on the sidewalk in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco on September 10, 2017. According to media reports, little is known about the motive of the shooting, and police are not currently investigating it as a hate crime.

We mourn the loss of Anthony Torres, and send love and care to Bubbles’s friends and loved ones. Many have remembered Bubbles fondly as an activist, artist, performer, and a vibrant member of a diverse and passionate music community. “We know from patterns of violence against femme/female-presenting people, especially those queering up gender, that they are a target, as transgender women face violence at excruciatingly high rates,” said Pablo Espinoza-Schaudel, of NCAVP local member organization Community United Against Violence (CUAV).

“We want to reiterate to people that safety buddies are always a good idea, especially out on the streets and at parties,” said Espinoza-Schaudel. “Even when you are the entertainer/performer/DJ. Checking in with friends, asking for help getting home or company so you are not alone on the street. Having a fully-charged cell phone, letting friends or a roommate know when you are coming home.”

Though we ask our allies and community members to pledge #IWillNotStandBy when witnessing violence on public transportation or on the street, we also know that it can be very dangerous to intervene, and that every incident of violence is different. Never put your own safety at risk, and be sure to assess the situation before intervening. Visit #IWillNotStandBy to learn tips on bystander intervention.

In memory of Bubbles, also known as Anthony Torres.

 

If you are in the San Francisco area, CUAV is available as a resource to support you. Call (415) 333-HELP or visit www.cuav.org for more information.

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.

NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in Chicago, IL

Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, age 26, was stabbed to death on July 27th 2017 by his boyfriend, Wyndham Lathem, and another man, Andrew Warren in Lathem’s apartment. According to media reports, Cornell-Duranleau and Lathem may have had a falling out. Lathem and Warren were also allegedly part of an online chat site where they had been planning a murder-suicide scenario for months. After killing Cornell-Duranleau, Lathem and Warren fled, but were eventually apprehended and charged.

We mourn the loss of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, and send love and care to his friends and loved ones. Though not often discussed, gay and bisexual men experience intimate partner violence at similar if not higher rates as men who identify as heterosexual. As a community, and as a society, we must talk about LGBTQ IPV before it escalates, and raise up the experiences of queer, gay, bisexual and transgender men who are often left out of the conversations about this violence.

IPV affects our whole community. If you think someone is in an unhealthy relationship, reach out to them. We need to look out for and support each other.

In memory of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau.

If you are in the Chicago area, NCAVP member program Center on Halsted is available to support you. Call (773) 472-6469 or visit www.centeronhalsted.org for more information. 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.

NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of Carzella Little in Huntsville, AL

NCAVP mourns the death of Carzella Little, who was fatally shot by her girlfriend, Datondra Mitchell, on August 26, according to media reports. Little, who was 20 years old, was shot by 25-year-old Mitchell after an argument. Mitchell, who has been previously charged with domestic violence, was charged with Carzella’s murder and is being held in custody.

We mourn the loss of Carzella Little, who is the 12th LGTBQ victim of fatal intimate partner violence NCAVP has counted this year, and send love and care to her friends and loved ones. Though not often talked about, intimate partner violence (IPV) affects lesbian, bisexual, and gay people at the same or higher rates than non-LGB people. And yet, LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination and violence when accessing care and support around relationship violence.

Working together to support each other as a community, and helping support those who might be in abusive relationships, is crucial to helping prevent intimate partner violence before it escalates. In doing so, we must also work to enrich our narratives and models of what healthy, loving LGBTQ relationships look like, and support each other in understanding and learning that we are all deserving of love, as a community and as individuals.

In memory of Carzella Little.

NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence related homicide of Mike Collins in Birmingham, AL

NCAVP mourns the death of Mike Collins, who was found dead in his apartment on August 21st, 2017. According to media reports, he had been killed by D’kota Chance Griffin, with whom he had had a prior romantic relationship. Though much isn’t known about the motive of the attack, police say that it occurred after a physical altercation between the two men. Griffin has been charged with Collins’s murder and taken into custody. Collins was remembered by hundreds in a candlelit vigil held on the 22nd, the day after his body was found.

We mourn the loss of Mike Collins, who is the 10th LGTBQ victim of fatal intimate partner violence NCAVP has counted this year, and send love and care to his friends and loved ones, especially the Odenville Middle School community, which counted him as family. Though not often talked about, intimate partner violence (IPV) affects lesbian, bisexual, and gay people at the same or higher rates than non-LGB people. And yet, LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination and violence when accessing care and support around relationship violence.

The overlap of hate violence and intimate partner violence is often very large, and that hate violence may be internalized or externalized and enacted in different ways. We must work together to support each other as a community, and help support those who might be in abusive relationships, and we must also work to enrich our narratives and models of what healthy, loving LGBTQ relationships look like: not only in terms of love for community and individuals but in terms of self-love, as well.

In memory of Mike Collins.

If you are in the Birmingham, AL area, NCAVP member organization The Free2Be Safe Anti-Violence Project is available to support you. Get in touch at (205) 202-7476 or find out more at http://free2be.org/free2be-safe.

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.

NCAVP mourns the hate violence homicide of Gwynevere River Song in Waxahachie TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Gwynevere River Song, a transfeminine person who identified as femandrogyne and who used “they” pronouns, who was fatally shot in her home on August 12th. Little is known about the motive or perpetrator of their homicide at this time, though police have a suspect in custody.

We mourn the loss of Gwynevere River Song, who is the 17th transgender person we have lost to fatal violence this year. Gwynevere was remembered by many on an online tribute page, where friends from all over wrote of her kindness, creativity, and advocacy. “Your smile could light up a room and will forever be etched in my memory,” wrote one friend. Another friend wrote, “Gwyn was fiercely intelligent without ever being condescending, passionate and compassionate, and had a wicked sense of humor. Sending love to everyone who knew her well. I hope you can find comfort in how much she meant to so many people.” Gwynevere was remembered in a loving memorial, coordinated by Trans Pride Initiative and Gwyn’s mother.

We see again and again that transgender people, especially transfeminine folks, are disproportionately and overwhelmingly affected by hate violence, and that this violence is all too often fatal. This cannot go on. We call upon our communities of many identities to embrace our transgender members and support each other through economic empowerment and narratives of strength and love. We must work to provide empowering and affirming spaces for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, both in public spaces and in our workplaces, schools, and homes.

We send love and care to the friends and loved ones of Gwynevere River Song. Friends have suggested donations to Trans Lifeline in her memory.

In memory of Gwynevere River Song.

If you are in the Dallas, TX area, NCAVP member organization Trans Pride Initiative is available to support you. Get in touch at (214) 449-1439 or find out more at tpride.org.

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.