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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Transgender Tragedies
A new analysis finds Washington, D.C. topping the list in transgender murders
by Yusef Najafi: METRO WEEKLEY

In the past decade in Washington seven people were murdered, or died, as a result of someone else's wrongdoing because they were transgender. And those are just the ones that were reported.

A new analysis from the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC) titled 50 Under 30: Masculinity and the War on America's Youth, reminds us who they were.

It also profiles the deaths of 43 other transgender people from around the nation, between the ages of 13 and 30, and ranks the District of Colombia as the city with the highest number of reported incidents.

''All assailants are male; most attack biologically-male peers their own age; most assailants use extreme violence; most assailants live in major cities; most murders aren't investigated as Hate Crimes; [and] most assailants go free.''

The cover of GenderPAC's new study

Those who were killed in Washington include Imani Williams, 24, an African-American transgender woman who was found beaten and shot to death on Aug. 21, 2003. Her murder remains unsolved.

Emonie Kiera Spaulding, 25, was also killed that day. She was an African-American transgender sex worker who was shot to death when her assailant discovered that she was biologically male. Her killer, Derrick A. Lewis, 23, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Bella Evangelista was shot and killed just a few days before those murders, on Aug. 16, 2003. The 25-year-old transgender Latina's assailant was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he confessed to the killing and was convicted of second-degree murder...

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