By Michelle A. Dowell-Vest
There is a target on the heads of Black Trans Women.
Our future is being threatened.
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The lives of our young people are are at stake. Goddess Queen Sister Mia Henderson was found murdered in the 3400 block of Piedmont Avenue in Northwest Baltimore around 8:00am on Wednesday, July 15, 2014. She was only 26 years old. She is the 5th trans woman of color murdered in 41 days. It is important to note that these murders are taking place during the same time our nation celebrates the 45 Anniversary of Stonewall Rebellion. How can we fight for equality when we are fighting for our lives everyday!
It is time all social justice movements rallied around the lives of Black Trans Women.
That is the work.
The time is now.
Our lives matter!
That was a statement from Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Co-Founder of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC). It was her response to the news of yet another Trans Woman of Color found murdered in 41 days. Her pain is real. Her fear is real.
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It is time for the ENTIRE LGBTQ community to rally around TWOC and show solidarity and support for their safety. It is unacceptable for our community to dismiss and ignore the violence being committed against TWOC. These are our sisters.
We have to stop victim blaming, victim shaming and needing reasons to act.
WOMEN ARE BEING MURDERED!
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Lourdes Ashley Hunter stood eye to eye with me during my visit to the White House and asked me,
“What are you doing for Trans Women of Color?”
I ask you the same question.
The time is now, Our sisters are not safe.
Tune in to Back2Us Radio tomorrow at 1:30 as Dr. Annise Mabry and I speak to Ms. Hunter and hear how we can all get involved.
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The official statement from the police
Twenty-six year old Mia Henderson was found murdered in the 3400 block of Piedmont Avenue in Northwest Baltimore around 8:00 am on Wednesday, July 15, 2014.
Police have not released her cause-of-death or whether any suspects have been identified or questioned regarding her murder, however they did release that she suffered “severe physical trauma.” The Baltimore-area Warrant Apprehension Task Force found Mia’s body in an alley next to a house where an arrest warrant was being served.
They believe she died several hours before finding her body. The woman’s body was found about 4.5 miles away from the murder site of Kandy Holmes, a transgender woman killed in Baltimore City on June 4, 2014.
Police are investigating the possibility that the two women may have known each other. As this is an ongoing investigation, police are asking anyone with information about her murder to report it to the anonymous crime tip line at 410-276-8888.
This woman was the same age as my daughter.
The heart of A Gurlz Guide goes out to her family and those in the community who have been touched by her death.
It is simply not OK to sit and do nothing.