Transgender woman shot and killed the day before Trans Day of Visibility

Transgender woman Ashanti Carmon

A transgender woman was shot and killed in Maryland on Saturday (30 March) — the day before International Trans Day of Visibility.

Police found Ashanti Carmon, 27, near the DC line in Prince George’s County, Maryland over the weekend. She had multiple gunshot wounds and authorities pronounced her dead at the scene.

Transgender activist Earline Budd told local news station WJLA that Carmon often came through his office at HIPS. This group helps find trans people alternative jobs to sex work.

‘She wasn’t someone that frequented the streets a lot, so that’s why it’s so shocking and the community is stunned,’ Budd said. ‘I’ve been getting calls all day about this murder.’

Budd continued, describe the Prince George’s neighborhood: ‘We’ve had quite a few transgender folks who have been assaulted, have been shot, who have been stabbed in that area.’

Activists warn trans people of frequenting the area, Budd confirmed.

Violence against trans women of color

Carmon is the second known transgender woman of color killed in the US this year.

In January, police found Dana Martin dead from a gunshot wound in a vehicle in a roadside ditch in Alabama.

Trans violence is becoming a more common occurrence around the world, and trans women of color face disproportionately high risks of becoming victims of this violence.

In 2018, there were 28 known homicides of transgender people within the US. This was an increase from 2017’s 25 count.

Philip Williams, Carmon’s fiance, spoke to NBC Washington about the loss.

‘Until I leave this Earth, I’m going to continue on loving her in my heart, body, and soul,’ he said. ‘She did not deserve to leave this Earth so early, especially in the way that she went out. She did not deserve that.’

See also

These US politicians are standing up for trans rights

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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Two charged over murder of bisexual Brazilian councilwoman

Marielle Franco (Photo: Facebook)

Brazilian authorities on Tuesday (12 March) arrested two former policemen in connection with the murder of bisexual councilwoman and LGBTI rights activist Marielle Franco.

Investigators claim the two men shot Franco, 38, and her driver from their car on March 14 last year, according to the Washington Blade.

One of the men, Ronnie Lessa, fired 13 shots at the car in which Franco was sitting. Three shots in her head killed her.

Franco was a lesbian, black city councillor who spoke out for disenfranchised communities.

She had just attended an event promoting empowerment for black women when she was killed.

A militia linked to the family of Brazil’s notorious homophobic president was behind the killing, according to US journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Amnesty International welcomed the arrests. The group said it was  ‘the first sign of progress in an investigation that has barely moved in the year since the killings’.

The rights group called on authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

LGBTI rights in Brazil

Brazil has witnessed a backsliding in LGBTI rights in the country.

Earlier this year, Brazil’s only openly LGBTI lawmaker Jean Wyllys announced he would quit his seat in Congress. He also fled the country.

The LGBTI activist had regularly clashed with Brazil’s far-right homophobic President, Jair Bolsonaro. He is famous for his homophobic comments.

LGBTI activists have warned Bolsonaro will usher in a new wave of terror for Brazil’s LGBTI community.

Many LGBTI Brazilians who said they were fearful for their rights and safety under the rule of the openly homophobic Bolsonaro.

Prior to the presidency, Brazil saw a spate of same-sex weddings, as same-sex couples rushed to marry before Bolsonaro took office.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Brazil since 2013. But, many LGBTI people worry that Bolsonaro might begin rescinding LGBTI rights during his presidency.

2018 was one of the deadliest years for Brazil’s LGBTI community.

In September, Brazilian LGBTI rights group reported more than 300 LGBTI people have been murdered in Brazil in 2018. That’s from 220 by the same time the previous year.

Author: Rik Glauert

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