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Two More Black Transgender Murders Bring 2019 Total Death Count to At Least 18

HeadlineSep 09, 2019

Two more black transgender lives were claimed over the past week, bringing the total reported number of transgender murders in the U.S. to at least 18 so far this year. In South Florida, the body of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater was identified last week after being “burned beyond recognition.” Her friends told media she had been threatened on Facebook and targeted because she was transgender. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, 17-year-old Bailey Reeves was fatally shot last Monday. At a vigil organized in her honor, Iya Dammons of the transgender rights nonprofit Baltimore Safe Haven called out the cycle of violence against trans women, adding, “The first step to fighting violence is unity.”

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