Alabama woman is the first trans homicide victim of 2019

Dana Martin

An Alabama woman is the first trans person assassinated in 2019 in the US.

Police found Dana Martin, 31, with a fatal gunshot wound last Sunday 6 January. The woman was in a vehicle in a roadside ditch.

According to eu.montgomeryadvertiser.com, the shooting occurred near the location of the vehicle. The circumstances remain under investigation.

369 trans homicide victims last year

Martin is the first trans homicide victim in this new year.

369 trans, non-binary and gender-variant people, at least, brutally lost their lives in the 12 months from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.

However, as police or media outlets often misgender the victims, the real number is likely to be higher.

Initial reports misgendered Dana Martin 

Initial reports didn’t mention her gender or misgendered her. However, local LGBTI activists confirmed the victim was a trans woman, Advocate reports.

Martin was an African-American woman living in Hope Hull, an incorporated area near capital city Montgomery.

Meta Ellis and Harvey McDaniel, director and educational outreach director, respectively, of Montgomery Pride and cofounders of the Bayard Rustin Community Center have been in touch with the local police about the case. They both highlighted the importance of using the right pronouns to refer to transgender people.

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2nd Black Gay Man Found Dead Of Meth Overdose At Prominent California Democratic Power Player’s Apartment

A second young African-American man was found dead yesterday morning at the Laurel Avenue apartment of Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic party donor, where a death in July 2017 sparked a protest about its handling by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and about the reaction to the incident by Democratic Party politicians.

The death on July 27, 2017, of Gemmel Moore, then 26, was deemed by the L.A. County Coroner’s office to be a result of an overdose of methamphetamine.  A coroner’s report said drug paraphernalia was found in the home, along with sex toys and clear plastic bags containing what was suspected to be methamphetamine.  The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Buck saying the evidence is “insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (Buck) is responsible for the death of Gemmel Moore. Likewise, the admissible evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect Buck furnished drugs to Gemmel Moore or that suspect Buck possessed drugs.”

Before the 2017 incident Buck, a gay white man in his early 60s, had been an active donor to Democratic candidates ranging from Hillary Clinton in her race for president to John D’Amico  in his initial and successful race for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council.

UPDATE: Jasmyne Cannick, a communications and public affairs strategist who has worked  with Gemmel Moore’s family, has announced that there will be a rally at 7 p.m. tonight at 1234 Laurel Ave., the home of Ed Buck, to call on the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to arrest Buck and for District Attorney Jackie Lacey to “prosecute him for murder after another young Black gay man was found dead in his West Hollywood apartment of an apparent overdose.”

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