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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Author: Stefania Sarrubba
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