Michael Crawford

Vigil for Transgender Woman Murdered in DC

Filed By Michael Crawford | September 02, 2009 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: anti-LGBT violence, Tyli'a "NaNa Boo" Mack

Two transgender women in D.C. were stabbed on August 26. One of the victims, Tyli'a "NaNa Boo" Mack, was killed.

The DC LGBT community held a vigil to honor her life and to condemn the anti-LGBT violence that occurs every single day across the country. Of particular note, is the speech by Chris Farris, co-chair of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV,) urging DC Mayor Adrian Fenty to end his silence on hate crimes against the LGBT community.

The video below is from the Washington Blade.

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Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Angela Brightfeather | September 3, 2009 5:34 AM

"This is not acceptable".
If I had a dime for every time I have heard that after someone had been murdeered or meaten or kicked out of their homes and disgarded or disowned, I could buy out Donald Trump.

Saying "this is not acceptable" is no longer acceptable either. When so called "leaders" show up to do lip service at memorials like this one, then go back to their meetings at City Hall and do nothing to create the changes necessary to protect GLBT lives, then the next time they show up at a memorial, someone should get a rail, a bucket of tar and some feathers and tell them not to come around until they ahve something to say about what they have actually accomplished. If people keep on saying the same thing again and again, but there are no actual results, then it's time to sto repeating history and try something different, like holding our leaders accountable for creating change.

Why has Fenty stayed silent for so long?

If 70% of the Remembering Our Dead list was made up of white transpeople, ENDA and hate crimes would have passed a decade ago

Monica, I'd like to say you're wrong.

Seen from an Australian viewpoint, it's not so much the number of trans people killed, it's that so very many of them are Black or Latina trans women that is the issue.

While misogyny plays a part, I can't help but come to the conclusion that Racism, and nothing but Racism, is the main reason why the figures are not publicised.

What can we do about it? I say "we" because although I'm not Black, or Latina, or American, or even trans since I'm technically Intersexed, I'm human godammit, and this affects me as a Human Being. These women are Human Beings too. And twice victimised because of the colour their skin, once by being murdered, and once by their murders passing unremarked and un-noticed.